Maximum Room Temperatures in School Buildings
As a constituent who cares deeply about the health and safety of the students and staff in our schools, I urge you to pass S.1626 (Skoufis)/A.7425 (Joyner). This legislation will establish an unsafe maximum room temperature in school buildings and will require schools to take action to relieve heat related discomfort within a school building when these temperatures are reached. Current law provides for a minimum temperature in school buildings to ensure the health and safety of a school's occupants but does not provide a maximum temperature.
This measure would further provide that once the temperature in any space that may be used by students or staff reaches an extreme heat temperature, such spaces cannot be occupied.
During hotter weather conditions, schools have reached temperatures in excess of 90 degrees Fahrenheit. These temperatures place students and staff in jeopardy of serious health risks, with potentially fatal consequences.
In addition to the increased health risks, student learning and receptivity diminish as temperatures increase. A study conducted by the National Bureau of Economic Research, in May of 2018, highlighted the negative correlation that exists between warmer temperatures and learning. They concluded that heat exposure can reduce the rate of learning and skill formation, and that on average, a one degree increase in temperature led to a one percent drop in learning.
I ask that you raise this important issue in conference and urge your leadership to strongly advocate for the enactment of this legislation to establish an unsafe maximum room temperature in school buildings and indoor facilities.
I thank you for your consideration of this important issue. I would appreciate a reply to my correspondence.
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