Scuttlebutt is that next year, all Newmentia classroom thermostats will be enclosed in lock boxes. And that only one person, not on site, will have a key.
That's just crazy talk. It will be like the Dark Ages, except that back then, there were no thermostats, or furnaces, or air conditioners, or dehumidifiers, or baloney sandwiches, and people believed the earth was flat, and women were subservient to men, and the bubonic plague killed one-third of the population...but other than that, just like the Dark Ages.
I can imagine the horror. Half of the teachers, like me, will be frying. Sizzling in their own juices. Hair plastered to head in a dripping, hairy helmet of discomfort. Clothes will be drenched with sweat. Note To Self: don't wear white. We will need IVs for hydration purposes. A substitute should be on call in case one of us goes down with leg cramps.
The other half of the faculty will be teachercicles. They will wear long johns and insulated boots, parkas, Elmer Fudd hats, battery-powered mittens, and Everest mummy sleeping bags with the bottom cut out for walking. A warming bench will be needed in the hall, like those on NFL sidelines.
This is cruel and unusual punishment. I remember back in the day, when I first started teaching, when central air was not the norm. One school let teachers buy and install their own room air conditioners. Even with mine running, the room temperature was 98 degrees. That's the benefit of having a double room on the second floor in a brick building with windows overlooking the tarpaper roof of the gym. Sad thing is, you could actually feel how much cooler it was when entering my room from the hall. People don't learn well in those conditions. People don't teach well in those conditions.
Further down on the scuttlebutt list is the banishment of personal appliances such as mini-fridges and microwaves. Which makes me not optimistic about the use of personal fans or space heaters.
If we are in such dire straights, I say move to a four-day work week. We already keep half of the students until 5:00 with our after-school programs. Don't heat or cool the building on the fifth day. Don't run the bus routes.
It's the Dark Ages all over again.