Ewa Beach residents are putting the heat on the Department of Education to find a way to cool classrooms.
The Ewa Beach neighborhood board held an emergency meeting Friday afternoon, after hearing that an elementary school teacher went to the hospital earlier this week for heat exhaustion.
They say kids are also getting sick.
Board members say the DOE is not doing enough.
“I’ve heard reports of children coming home, throwing up and vomitting. those are symptoms of heat exhaustion. In fact my own daughter came home with a temp of 102 degrees so I find that very interesting. It’s actually a health emergency here at the school, and I don’t believe the DOE is seeing it as such,” said Ewa Beach Neighborhood Board education chair John Clark II.
The DOE says it could cost nearly $2 billion to install air conditioning at all schools, and that’s something the state can’t afford.
So they’re looking into alterative ways to cool classrooms.
They’ve purchased 145 portable air conditions with more on order.
So what are the symptoms of heat exhaustion in a child?
“In kids what you’d look for is you look to see if they’re irritable, sleepy, or they start complaining of dizziness or nausea,” said Queen’s Medical Center emergency room physician Dr. Ronald Kuroda.
Doctors say, if you know it’s going to be hot outside, stay hydrated and wear loose clothing because that will allow you to sweat and cool your body.