Challenging start to the school year

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – From hot classrooms to construction, the start of school has come with its challenges.

One by one, students in each community have started returning to school although some parents have been disappointed with what they see.

“The kids looked miserable, they were sweaty, I saw my daughter and I had to try to cook her down as much as I could before I had to leave,” said Springfield’s Colleen Almadovar.

Parents say it’s been too hot for schools like Duggan Middle and Homer Street Elementary School in Springfield that don’t have air conditioning.

Then there’s Southwick, where school leaders chose to delay the start of school by a couple days because of ongoing construction at the High School.

“It was going to be a disorganized opening if we didn’t put the opening of school off for a few days, so we did,” said Southwick Superintendent of Schools Jay Barry.

However, Barry says they’re ready now, the delay won’t add time to the end of the school year and now the kids are back to work with minimal disturbance.

As for the temperature, Homer Street School Principal Kathleen Sullivan says it’s nothing out of the ordinary.

“Right now we have to grin and bear the elements. It’s been like this is in the Northeast since I was a child and I survived very well and I continue to work for Springfield Public schools,” Sullivan said.

She says all the classroom have fans and they dim the lights to keep temperatures down.

Sullivan also says, while we’re hearing complaints from parents, they’re not hearing complaints from the kids themselves.

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