Jon Baird

AC Problems at Schools for LAUSD Students

August 13, 2018 - 8:05 am

(KNX 1070) - Things are already heating up in Los Angeles on  Wednesday morning, and some students who have returned to class learned the air conditioning isn't working.

KNX's Jon Baird is in Woodland Hills today:

The school district had a backlog of 1,709 complaints about heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, according to a spokeswoman. Of those, 309 were reported between Monday and Tuesday morning. 

More than 300 complaints came in just before the first day of school adding to a pretty good-sized backlog. That can be a little rough for students who are jammed into a classroom with a bunch of other kids. Several students tell KNX the AC is flowing for them.

A district maintenance director tells the Los Angeles Times that even with all the complaints, it’s really not that many when you consider the fact that there are 30,000 classrooms.  A district maintenance director told the Los Angeles Times repairs are usually done quickly and classes with the youngest kids are at the top of the list. 

LAUSD hopes to get the broken units up and running within a few days.

Students went back to school in Los Angeles County Tuesday. They hit the books amid a possibility of a teachers’ strike on the horizon.

KNX's Jon Baird reports:

More than 600,000 Los Angeles Unified School District students headed back to campus as classes resume at the nation's second-largest school district. The school year marks the first for Austin Beutner as Los Angeles Unified School District superintendent. 

United Teachers Los Angeles, the union representing district teachers, declared an impasse in contract talks last month, leading to the appointment of a state mediator.

Should mediation fail to bring the sides together, a fact-finding period will follow, after which the union could potentially call for a strike.

Jon Baird

The Los Angeles Police Department was keeping a close watch on our schools, saying they want everyone to be safe. Drivers should be aware that large groups of kids can be expected to be walking, riding and skating near campuses.

Parents should also be sure everyone is in the car and buckled up, before starting the engine. The leading cause of death for children age 14 and younger is vehicle accidents.

Los Angeles school district officials are enforcing the "no shots, no school law." Right now officials say they at 91 percent compliance and will have nurses in school today to assist students who don’t have the required immunizations.

The Saban Community Clinic and others worked to help students by offering free vaccinations.


Meanwhile, in Orange County, tens of thousands of kids were back in the classroom earlier this week.

Many more will be heading back as well in the coming weeks. KNX's Jon Baird was live outside John Muir School in Santa Ana:

August has now become the official start of the new year for most of the county’s 27 school districts.

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