Extend Cooler School Zones
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To Hon Grace Grace, Minister for Education
As a teacher and a mum of children attending schools in the Metropolitan Region, Brisbane and Ipswich, I am extremely concerned for the well-being of students and staff in schools outside the Cooler School Zones that have been suffering extreme heat and humidity each summer.
This year so far, classrooms without cooling systems have reached temperatures over 40 degrees Celsius, with most days thermometers climbing to the mid to high 30's. In addition, some of these classrooms are tin demountables which heat up quickly in the summer and cool down dramatically in the winter, whilst others are poorly ventilated.
School communities in the South East corner of Queensland, would like to see the Cooler School Zones extended. In effect, all of the schools, not just the ones that can afford to air condition every classroom would benefit from a cooler, more comfortable teaching and learning environment.
We want all children to do their best at school and for this to happen we need to have cool air conditioned classrooms where optimum teaching and learning can take place every season of the year on a daily basis. Our kids and their teachers deserve it!
In conclusion, I urge you to please extend the Cooler School Zones including all of the South East corner of the State of Queensland.
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