Toronto teachers and students not lucky enough to find themselves in an air conditioned classroom are complaining of declining performance and health risks when the temperature spikes.
160 TDSB elementary and high schools have no air conditioning whatsoever, while 219 have less than 50% of their structures served by air conditioning.
This month, students have reported spoiled lunches as a result of the extreme heat. Muslim students say the heat, coupled with side effects of Ramadan (fasting leads to low energy), has hampered their ability to focus during class.
TDSB spokesperson Ryan Bird says it would cost hundreds of millions of dollars to refurbish the hundreds of school without full air conditioning. The board is already burdened with a $3.5-billion backlog in infrastructure repairs.
Should students attending air conditionerless schools be kept home on extremely hot days?