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I believe that in Connecticut it is law that no classroom can be
subterranean or without windows. Small conference rooms and small group
instruction rooms are an exception, but all classrooms have to have windows.
I'm not sure how the code reads, but during recent renovations here this
subject was brought up on numerous occasions. Both the computer room and the
library in this school are interior rooms with lovely skylights.
Both of my art rooms have windows, with views of the school yard and the
trees and rolling hills beyond. My favorite room of the two, in the newly
renovated building, has northern exposure and an outside door. Another
aspect which I enjoy about my rooms is that they are both the farthest rooms
away from the front entrance, allowing for me to teach with reasonable
levels of noise and desk hummucks without the need to spend a lot of time
trying to be presentable to school visitors.
I would not enjoy a windowless room. Even at home I never draw the shades
because I like to see the outside. I once lived in an urban apartment where
I had to have blinds on all the windows for privacy and I hated it. I have
to have natural light and a view of the outdoors to remain centered.
I hope you and your students are all treated better soon.
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