Do you turn off the air conditioning at night and on weekends?
Our district does not turn off the air conditioning systems at night and on weekends. During those times, the thermostats are raised through an automated system to 80 degrees to conserve energy and reduce the district’s substantial yearly electric bill, and wear and tear on the mechanical system.
Do maintenance crews test and repair air conditioning systems over the summer to alleviate repairs at the beginning of the school year?
Our staff and contractors spend the summer months repairing and upgrading systems, but they cannot replicate the conditions that exist when hundreds of students and staff members return to school, opening and closing doors, and taxing air conditioning and electrical systems.
How quickly do maintenance crews respond when an outage or air conditioning issue is reported?
District maintenance prioritizes air conditioning requests based on the largest impact to students and staff. A mechanic or technician will triage the issue and either fix it immediately, order required parts, or call in a more specialized technician or vendor.
What procedures are in place to move classes and ensure student safety if a repair will take longer than 24 to 48 hours?
The district can deploy spot coolers to cool individual classrooms, and in the event of air conditioning loss in multiple classrooms, larger rental chillers are employed. In addition, administrators at school sites ensure that students are moved to different parts of the building with working air conditioning whenever possible.