Philadelphia Public Schools Closing

nhb's picture

Philadelphia Public schools are closing @ noon today June 9, 2008.

athrahans's picture

Also, call your branch

Also, call your branch library before you go. Unfortunately, it looks like several branches are going to be closed because of a/c failure. :(

Lisa33's picture

Whoa. This is a first. (Is

Whoa. This is a first. (Is it?) I wanted to not come to work today. Even walking to the train is somewhat painful.

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nhb wrote:Philadelphia

nhb wrote:

Philadelphia Public schools are closing @ noon today June 9, 2008.

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What's that? Turn the kids loose at the hottest part of the day? I guess teachers don't have to cope at least.

Pure_Fishtown's picture

Schools are closing at noon

Schools are closing at noon tomorrow also.

TEACHERGIRL's picture

Unfortunately the classrooms

Unfortunately the classrooms are a sweltering 90 degrees with no air conditioning. The teachers and children's health are at risk under these conditions. That is why the school's are closing early.

simmer's picture

TEACHERGIRL

TEACHERGIRL wrote:

Unfortunately the classrooms are a sweltering 90 degrees with no air conditioning. The teachers and children's health are at risk under these conditions. That is why the school's are closing early.

I never got sent home early when it was too hot. Just another example of the sissification of America.
Peace, Love and METAL!!!!!

Dont forget, Slipknot at Tweeter on Aug 15th!

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simmer wrote:I never got

simmer wrote:

I never got sent home early when it was too hot. Just another example of the sissification of America.

When I was a kid, we sat through days like this and just suffered...
and that was after walking 10 miles barefoot to school uphill in shoulder-deep snow.

We used to make the weak kids put the coal in the stove on days like this, just so we could laugh at them when they fainted. We expected kids to die from heat stroke. It was just part of living.

We were all dehydrated... and we liked it that way!

brooke's picture

We never had this problem in

We never had this problem in Rochester where there was snow on the ground through July.

Pure_Fishtown's picture

Ahhh yes I do remember those

Ahhh yes I do remember those sweltering days at Holy Name while wearing a wool uniform. We were allowed to wear short sleeve shirts but they better have been crisp, clean and a starched coller.

But one thing to remember back in the day NO ONE had air conditioning in their homes; our bodies were use to being hot and the only water you got was from the tap or water fountain. Many of the older people from the neighborhood use to go to Fleetwood Lanes on York Street to sit and watch the bowlers while enjoying the AC.

Moms actually cooked dinner in those days too; they knew how to wipe the sweat off their brows.

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TEACHERGIRL

TEACHERGIRL wrote:

Unfortunately the classrooms are a sweltering 90 degrees with no air conditioning. The teachers and children's health are at risk under these conditions. That is why the school's are closing early.

I could see if God forbid their internet conection went down. But 90 degree weather is no excuse.

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simmer wrote:TEACHERGIRL

simmer wrote:
TEACHERGIRL wrote:

Unfortunately the classrooms are a sweltering 90 degrees with no air conditioning. The teachers and children's health are at risk under these conditions. That is why the school's are closing early.

I never got sent home early when it was too hot. Just another example of the sissification of America.
Peace, Love and METAL!!!!!

Dont forget, Slipknot at Tweeter on Aug 15th!

Simmer my word to describe this would have stared with a P. It's sometimes used to describe a cat but it doesn'r meow.

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dan's picture

but seriously, what I

but seriously, what I remember most is that my parents installed air conditioning the summer I graduated high school and moved out. =8-(

sure, it was doctor's orders for my dad, but I still think they did it just to spite me. (not that I'm still bitter or anything...)

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Ftown66 wrote:TEACHERGIRL

Ftown66 wrote:
TEACHERGIRL wrote:

Unfortunately the classrooms are a sweltering 90 degrees with no air conditioning. The teachers and children's health are at risk under these conditions. That is why the school's are closing early.

I could see if God forbid their internet conection went down. But 90 degree weather is no excuse.

I have been in my kids' classrooms on days like this and no matter what anyone says, it is not healthy to be in that sweltering heat with no AC and one fan in a class with 35 kids. It's bad for the kids and the teachers. I'm not glad that they just "turn them loose" - lots of kids have no where to go if after school programs are closed - but having their health risked is not worth it. All this "Back in the day" stuff - give me a break (not refering to your lol post Dan) ..."back in the day" nobody knew any better about alot of things - they didn't care about sunstroke, sunburn, all the health issues associated with dehydration...even car seats, seat belts, helmets etc. were never used. It's the year 2008 and now we know the risks. OK, off my Mommy-soapbox now.

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Kat wrote:Ftown66

Kat wrote:
Ftown66 wrote:
TEACHERGIRL wrote:

Unfortunately the classrooms are a sweltering 90 degrees with no air conditioning. The teachers and children's health are at risk under these conditions. That is why the school's are closing early.

I could see if God forbid their internet conection went down. But 90 degree weather is no excuse.

I have been in my kids' classrooms on days like this and no matter what anyone says, it is not healthy to be in that sweltering heat with no AC and one fan in a class with 35 kids. It's bad for the kids and the teachers. I'm not glad that they just "turn them loose" - lots of kids have no where to go if after school programs are closed - but having their health risked is not worth it. All this "Back in the day" stuff - give me a break (not refering to your lol post Dan) ..."back in the day" nobody knew any better about alot of things - they didn't care about sunstroke, sunburn, all the health issues associated with dehydration...even car seats, seat belts, helmets etc. were never used. It's the year 2008 and now we know the risks. OK, off my Mommy-soapbox now.

Well BACK IN THE DAY at Holy Name of Jesus we didn't even have fans. I never seen anyone pass out from heat stroke or die in class because of the heat. We where sitting in chairs reading or writing not running a marathon.

george's picture

I taught in Maryland before

I taught in Maryland before coming here and while there was no problem at all in most schools I remember one where the a/c went out and they didn't dismiss early (it would have been a logistical nightmare, in fairness). It was abysmal and absolutely impossible for anyone to learn---or teach---effectively. Nobody could pay attention to ANYTHING other than how miserable it was and---as others have said---you could easily have health issues with some kids.

Nobody needs to tell me about being "tough" about the heat. I grew up in Florida, remember, and my elementary school didn't have a/c until I was in the 4th grade...in a climate a LOT hotter for a longer period of the year than you folks who grew up here ever experienced. But you know what? It was IDIOCY not to have those rooms air-conditioned and put those kids and teachers through that...just as it's the RIGHT thing to do now to send them home early in conditions like this. A school simply can't function properly and nobody can do their jobs (or learn) when it's sweltering in there.

Ftown66's picture

In the winter it's lets

In the winter it's lets close the schools because we got the giant 1/2" snow storm and the TEACHERS have to drive in it and that can be dangerous. Nows it because it's to hot and the TEACHERS and childrens health is at rick. Is the real concern for the students or is it for the teachers themselves?

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Kat wrote:All this "Back in

Kat wrote:

All this "Back in the day" stuff - give me a break (not refering to your lol post Dan) ..."back in the day" nobody knew any better about alot of things -

Back in the day, teachers probably smoked in the classroom, as well.

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Lisa33 wrote:Kat wrote:All

Lisa33 wrote:
Kat wrote:

All this "Back in the day" stuff - give me a break (not refering to your lol post Dan) ..."back in the day" nobody knew any better about alot of things -

Back in the day, teachers probably smoked in the classroom, as well.

I have never seen that.

DNA's picture

Hey, back in the day I had

Hey, back in the day I had to walk to school with out shoes, heck I didn't even have feet!

TEACHERGIRL's picture

Yes I am a trooper and grew

Yes I am a trooper and grew up in Fishtown, went to Catholic school and remember the heat. We didnt' have heat like this since the 1960's( this early in June). My classroom thermometer read 94 degrees. I am in a pod with no windows and no proper ventilation. So, instead of critizing and comparing your old school days, know the facts first. I simply stated why the schools closed early.....Wasn't looking for a battle of old vs. new....

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Ftown66 wrote:Lisa33

Ftown66 wrote:
Lisa33 wrote:
Kat wrote:

All this "Back in the day" stuff - give me a break (not refering to your lol post Dan) ..."back in the day" nobody knew any better about alot of things -

Back in the day, teachers probably smoked in the classroom, as well.

I have never seen that.

I remember watching my pastor of my church smoke on the pulpit during the sermon. That was some choice stuff.

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brooke wrote:Ftown66

brooke wrote:
Ftown66 wrote:
Lisa33 wrote:
Kat wrote:

All this "Back in the day" stuff - give me a break (not refering to your lol post Dan) ..."back in the day" nobody knew any better about alot of things -

Back in the day, teachers probably smoked in the classroom, as well.

I have never seen that.

I remember watching my pastor of my church smoke on the pulpit during the sermon. That was some choice stuff.

No Way! I never saw a priest smoke in church nor did I ever see a teacher smoke in the classroom. OMG, the visions that are going through my head. WOW

brooke's picture

Hey, this was a guy who was

Hey, this was a guy who was having an affair on his wife too. Heh, Protestants! Well, I suppose the Catholic Church has gotten some bad press lately but...

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Lisa33 wrote: Back in the

Lisa33 wrote:

Back in the day, teachers probably smoked in the classroom, as well.

I think I'd take smoking teachers in unairconditioned classrooms over the current public school system.