During this cold weather season, unless conditions are treacherous, daily life continues. Adults go to work and children go to school under the premise the instutions and office buildings are equipped with heat. This unfortunately is not always the case. The Baltimore City Public Schools currently do not have heat provided in every classroom.
While temperatures continue to drop outside, children and teachers are still required to be in attendance, despite the lack of a subsequent heat source. The Baltimore Teachers Union has pushed for a shut down of all schools until officials can guarantee a safe and warm learning environment. The Baltimore Sun reports the union delivered a letter to the school system’s CEO, Sonja Santelises calling for a district wide closing.
“I implore that you close schools in the District until your facilities crew has had time to properly asses and fix the heating issues wihtin the affected schools in Baltimore City” writes Marietta English, president of the Baltimore Teachers Union.
Four schools in were closed all day Wednesday, paired with two early dismissals from schools with heating issues. Complaints continue to roll in from teachers, parents and students alike claiming that the minimal closings and early dismissals do not begin to cover the span of schools with cold classrooms. Santelises who appeared in a Facebook live streaming session to address the issues claims that appropriate steps have been and will be made to provide safe learning environments. As officials work to build strategies and develop solutions, a GoFundMe campaign to supply heaters to afflicted classrooms.
The impactful campaign created by Samierra Jones will provide solace to students and teachers of Baltimore. Jones aims to raise $20,000 to cover fundraising costs and purchase approximately 660 space heaters for Baltimore classrooms. The funds will also assist with purchasing hats, gloves, coats, socks and other cold weather necessities for students in need.
To donate to the campaign, click here.