CLAY COUNTY, Fla. - Classes at Oakleaf Village Elementary school were canceled Thursday as the school deals with A/C issues in the heat.
April McLelland, a Clay County mother of three, is furious.
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She said the Clay County School District called her Wednesday morning and said the A/C at Oakleaf Village Elementary School had been fixed.
“I got the phone call at 9:45 a.m. saying everything was restored so I’m thinking the A/C’s on to the school. (At) 2:42 p.m., I come to pick up my kids and every kid, every teacher I talk to says the A/C never came back on,” McLelland said.
Her son and daughter both attend school there, but she said her daughter is sensitive to the heat and wasn't feeling well.
“Her blood sugar was 40 when she got home yesterday,” McLelland said.
Superintendent Addison Davis told Action News Jax that one of the A/C units stopped working again around 12:45 p.m.
The Clay County School District said the school was supposed to send out another alert to parents at around 2:26 p.m. to update them about the A/C issue, but it didn’t happen.
“Unfortunately, that message didn’t get out. It didn’t get pushed out as requested and directed so there was a big lapse from 9:43 a.m. to until when we sent the other one out at 8:30 p.m. - 8:40 p.m.,” Davis said.
The district said they are going to work on improving their communication with parents so something like this doesn’t happen again.
The district said they’ve had Clay Electric and engineers working to restore the broken A/C unit.
Some parents including McLelland said if they had known about the A/C issues, they would have taken their kids out of school.
“It got to 90 degrees in my child’s classroom, the heat index was 110 yesterday. If you walk in here, the classrooms have no windows, no fans, there’s no way to vent any air,” McLelland said.
The Clay County School District said it expects to have Oakleaf Village Elementary School back open on Friday.
They said they will send out another update to parents on the status of the A/C unit Thursday.
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