High temperatures again threaten to affect teaching in schools

High temperatures again threaten to affect teaching in schools

If the pattern of high temperatures reported in Puerto Rico continues, which already experienced hotter than normal in February, when the academic semester ends in May, indices corresponding to the warmest summer months will be recorded, which will make it difficult – again – teaching in the country’s schools, warned the environmental researcher Pablo Mendez Lazaro.

The situation described above, according to the associate professor at the Graduate School of Public Health of the Medical Sciences Campus of the University of Puerto Rico (UPR), is consistent with the trend that established 2023 as the hottest year since these records have been kept.

“The projections that are expected, by all the models, are that, in April, we will be experiencing temperatures, not always, but, at some times, we will have summer temperatures. So, what do you aspire to learn (in a school) in April, in May, when they might already have the first warnings of intense heat?“, he explained.

The indices of extreme heat that were reported on the island at the beginning of this school year in August, led to protests in dozens of public schools due to the lack of equipment to mitigate high temperatures, such as fans or air conditioners, as well as complaints about the characteristics of the school infrastructure that worsen the thermal sensation on campuses.

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