Possible to install an air conditioner… if the electrical circuit allows it, assures Drainville

Possible to install an air conditioner… if the electrical circuit allows it, assures Drainville
Possible to install an air conditioner… if the electrical circuit allows it, assures Drainville

While teachers complain of sometimes having to manage their suffocating classes “with Mr Freeze”, the Minister of Education Bernard Drainville assures that it remains possible to install your own air conditioner at school… if the electrical outlet allows it, otherwise to “be creative”.

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During the hot days of last week, elementary school teachers in Montreal noticed that the temperature had risen to 29, even up to 34 degrees in some classes.

It was so humid last Wednesday that one of the teachers who confided in JournaThey had the impression of feeling 45°C, an “unbearable” heat that they say they manage with “Mr Freeze”, since many of them are refused to install their own air conditioner, even at their own expense.

Archive photo QMI Agency, JOEL LEMAY

However, teachers should be able to do it, assures the Minister of Education, Bernard Drainville.

They must, however, “first clear themselves to the material resources (of the school) to ensure […] that the electrical circuits can take the load that comes with the air conditioner.

“So the material resources must be consulted, but it is not true that they cannot do it,” he certified.

The old schools

The Minister of Education makes no secret of it: heat remains “an issue” in many schools, especially the oldest.

“I remind you that the average date of construction of a school in Quebec is 1967. It is the year of the Expo,” observed Mr. Drainville. It is not for nothing that we are investing like never before in school infrastructure.”

From a sum totaling $9 billion five years ago, investments in the school park are now close to $23 billion, argued the minister.

The majority of these investments are intended for the renovation and modernization of existing buildings, he stressed.

Over the past five years, more than $800 million has been invested in classroom comfort, including installing 90,000 comfort readers, which indicate both air quality and room temperature.

Well-being first

In more dilapidated schools where heat management remains “a challenge”, “it is certain that we have to be creative”, considers Mr. Drainville.

According to him, this means: “do not hesitate to stop class, allow students to go and hydrate if in certain cases it is necessary to leave the class, find a park, an island of fresh air”, etc.

“It is the well-being of students that must take precedence over everything,” says the Minister of Education.

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