Posted by PToWN94566, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Apr 21, 2009 at 7:56 pm PToWN94566 is a member (registered user) of PleasantonWeekly.com
Isn't that against the law? If they did that enough and for a sustained period of time, I imagine they could be fined. Schools have to have proper heating and cooling systems, as well as lighting. I'm guessing that depending on the circumstance, it might not be a big deal, but with this heat wave that's insane. When a student gets heat exhausting in P.E. and then passes out in the next class is when something would be done.
Posted by AVHS Mom, a resident of the Birdland neighborhood, on Apr 22, 2009 at 9:23 am
I was at Amador to drop off something for my son at 1:30. 2 PG&E trucks were there trying to get things up and running from the Power Outage!! Not a shut down to save money. And yes it did include the facutly lounge...
Posted by Resident, a resident of the Stoneridge neighborhood, on Apr 22, 2009 at 9:24 am
Would be nice if the schools would recognize the health risks of having children (including those that are already compromised with allergies and asmtha) do PE outdoors on Spare The Air days. These days are typically very hot anyway, and the risk of heat stroke is increased. To make the kids do PE outdoors knowing full well that their lungs are still developing and that they have to breathe in the bad air is just plain wrong. Does anyone else feel this way? I had to get a note from my child's pediatrician just to get the child excused, my own note was not sufficient. The pediatrician's kids go to private school where they always have PE indoors on really hot and/or Spare the Air Days. Now that's good thinking. Most school districts only care about the State Standards and the work they have to get accomplished to meet them. It's time someone actually thinks about the effects on the kids.
Posted by Pleasanton Parent, a resident of the Pleasanton Meadows neighborhood, on Apr 22, 2009 at 1:02 pm
Resident - I'm somewhat torn between my beliefs that "what doesn't kill them makes them stronger" and that their is in fact a growing problem with the quality of our air. Personally I don't think being outside for the hour or so of PE is going to be harmful to the development of our kids. I'm assuming that the PE teachers are tailoring the days activities to the weather as well, so on hot, stagnent, spare the air days I would assume the activities are not as demanding as on normal days. Your suggestion of teaching the class inside on these days is a good one though - assuming the space is available.