When my neighbor moved to town, she expected her son's asthma to get better
because we have near desert conditions. They are from Houston. The boy
actually because sicker. She started to keep a journal tracking his asthma
attacks looking for an environmental cause. She found the longer he was in
school the sicker he became. She and some other parents got together and
agitated for an air quality study. The fresh air intake for the AC was next
to the sewer stack!! The music room had almost no oxygen in it and the
ventilation wasn't working at all in that room. The music teacher was
ordered by the technician to leave her windows open, because he was so
concerned. A week later she was fined for having her windows open by the
energy efficiency office! Those problems have been solved (supposedly). A
couple of months ago a Girl Scout group having a meeting after school had to
evacuate when the AC over heated and started smoking. Administration
response - oh this happens all the time there is some problem with the AC.
Thank God their next-door neighbor is the Fire Department.
Kimberly Herbert (kimberly)
San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts/Children's Art Museum
I actually do have frosted light from ceiling level coming in and a back
I can open, but in the storage room, not my room.
There are three other teachers in town who have no natural light.
One is in a school that was built as an open plan middle school. The art
room in that school were to die for! Big, open, roof of glass and windows
and doors to the outside. Sinks and storage and room for clay and printing
When that school was turned into an elementary school, the art rooms were
given to the kindergartens and the art room was put into an inside, under
ground room. No windows and mold growing across the walls and ceilings. The
school was built for air-conditioning, but they ran out of money and never
put it in. Many children and teachers were chronically sick there, but of
course, no one listened cause it would cost money.
Of course the administrators all have air-conditioning, my kiln waited
a year to be fixed while the electricians did the air-conditioning in the
Finally, the ducts were cleaned out. The air quality is better there, now. I
don't know what caused the cleaning out of the duct system.
Good luck to you. I would get your principal's sanction documented, though.
Before you make waves.
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