GRANGER TWP. — As high temperatures beat down on Medina County this week, Highland Schools found ways to keep students cool without air conditioning.
Highland Director of Communications Dawn Marzano said the only building in the district with air conditioning is the high school, because it is a newer building. Sharon, Granger and Hinckley elementary schools as well as Highland Middle School do not have air conditioning.
“We do encourage every one of our students to bring water bottles,” Marzano said. “We do allow and plan for frequent water breaks throughout the day.”
She said there are fans in each classroom and industrial fans in each hallway. Students also are encouraged to dress in light, comfortable clothing and to take it easy at recess.
She said some of the PTOs provide popsicles for students.
“Our staff is very aware, so they are constantly monitoring students for overheating,” Marzano said.
The district has not closed schools in recent years due to heat, but if a parent keeps a student home due to heat concerns, that would be considered an excused absence, she said.
The district is in the middle of a project to build three new elementary schools with air conditioning and to renovate the middle school.
“That is part of the scope of the work for the new construction project. That is in the plans, so air conditioning, a new roof, safety and security and a new parking lot,” Marzano said regarding work at the middle school.
In November, Highland voters approved a $63 million bond issue to replace dated school buildings — Hinckley, 68 years old; Granger, 88 years old; and Sharon, 95 years old — and for upgrades at the middle school.
The work is expected to be completed by August 2020.
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