Baltimore Public Schools Close Over Heating Issue
This is ludicrous. A crisis is happening in Baltimore that’s finally getting the national attention it warrants. Students in Baltimore have been forced to attend schools in freezing cold temperatures in buildings with no heat. In some cases, temperatures reached as low as 11 degrees and students who donned coats and blankets to keep warm complained that they couldn’t feel their extremities.
Now NPR reports that the public schools finally closed Thursday after parents and educators called the conditions “inhumane.”
“In a statement, Baltimore Public Schools said buildings had been monitored for heating or plumbing issues during the holiday break and that “numerous problems” had been identified and resolved then. “Unfortunately, with the extreme temperatures, new problems can emerge quickly,” the statement continues.
“Our priority is always to open buildings whenever possible. We want students to have every possible opportunity for teaching and learning, and we also want to make sure that students can get the services and supports that many families rely on — for example, warm meals and before- and after-school care.”
Former NFL linebacker Aaron Maybin turned educator at Baltimore’s Matthew Henson elementary school recently released a video of himself telling students about the frigid temperatures they’re enduring while trying to learn.
He’s also supporting a GoFundMe to get space heaters and winter coats for students with a goal of $20K.
Kudos to him for doing his part to help.
What do YOU think about the heating crisis at Baltimore Public Schools???