I am so glad that my kids made it through the entire school year in Tampa without any issues.
Over the last few years, we have dealt with the pandemic as well as HVAC issues inside Hillsborough County schools.
I can breathe a sigh of relief because I didn’t have to homeschool them for this school year. Last year, I kept them home for almost a month because their school had a broken down HVAC unit. And it took the school weeks before they had the HVAC unit up and running. When I contacted the school, I was told that the delay was due to supply chain issues and there was nothing they could do to speed up the repairs. The school air conditioner is probably as old as the building, so I understood that parts were hard to come by. And especially after the pandemic, where air conditioning and indoor air quality became the focus for many schools, I can only assume how much demand that created for the HVAC industry. I am just happy that the school gave us the option of keeping the kids at home, which I felt was the best option for them. I wouldn’t want my kids to sit inside a hot classroom, especially not in Tampa where the weather can hover between 85 and 90 on any given day in the Spring. Having air conditioning in schools is important to the comfort of the students. If my kids are hot, they can become irritable which would lead to them being unproductive. So, instead of sending them to school, I decided to spare the teacher that headache. But as I mentioned, we had no incidents this year, and I hope that the school’s air conditioner will continue to work properly for the coming years.