Kids in Boston public schools are sitting in classrooms wearing multiple pairs of pants, shirts, jackets, hats, and gloves all because the policies of the school district mandate windows be open four inches to help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.
It’s warmer at Elsa’s house
Boston is freezing in the winter. Currently, highs are in the 20s and 30s and lows in the teens. How can a kid possibly focus and learn in a freezing cold environment like that? How can teachers focus and do their jobs when they are trying to keep warm?
“Good morning families,” one school wrote in a letter to parents first reported by the Boston Herald. “It is still very cold. Remember the windows in our classrooms have to be open. I suggest layering your child’s clothes (2 pairs of pants, 2 shirts and a sweater, 2 pairs of socks, etc. (Plus all their outerwear (hat, glove, scarf, etc.).”
Logic seems to have been thrown out those windows as well.
When asked about this protocol, a Boston Public Schools spokeswoman said, “This is the protocol for each school to mitigate COVID risks. Temperatures in school buildings have been adjusted to 76 degrees to help combat the required window ventilation, and teachers/staff are urged to contact their school leader if they are experiencing issues with heat or cold.”
One teacher noted that her classroom was around 55 degrees and that the policy is irrational because kids are packed into school buses with no social distancing due to a shortage of bus drivers.
Children in one room schoolhouses in the pioneer days were warmer.
But Boston’s illogical mandates for their schools don’t end here. They also mandate that kids and teachers eat their lunches outdoors while masked. Do members of the Boston school board not live in Boston? Do they not know how cold it is outside right now?
And this is the current state of education and those who control it in Boston – mandating freezing classrooms, kids layered up like they are about to go snow tubing instead of going to school, and making them and their teachers focus on staying warm instead of you know, learning things.