“Temperature Control Standards and Guidelines for School District Facilities”
NJEA is pleased to support A-1030 (Jasey, Wolfe, McKnight) as amended, which requires each board of education adopt policy establishing temperature control standards and guidelines for school district facilities. Under this legislation, each school district’s temperature control policy must be informed by the indoor air quality standard established by the Department of Labor and Workforce Development. Additionally, school districts would be required to address corrective measures, where feasible, according to the same standard.
Currently, there are no guidelines that require school districts to create a temperature controlled environment within school facilities. Children and staff in some schools are subjected to excessive heat or extreme cold in classrooms without any concrete solution. As a result, teaching, learning and attendance are likely to suffer when temperatures rise too high or fall too low.
NJEA believes that temperatures in schools should be maintained at an acceptable level, as a proper learning environment is essential to student achievement. This legislation would provide school districts with the necessary guidance to establish temperature control policies and provide students with conducive learning environments.
We urge you to vote “yes” on A-1030.