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First-grader's hair gets caught in fan handed out by CPS

Updated: September 12, 2013 12:03PM



These CPS-provided personal fans were handed out Wednesday morning to some of the district’s kids to help them deal with terrible heat, according to a Boone Elementary staffer whose school got them.
CPS confirmed that 36,000 of these handheld fans are being distributed this week to schools that requested them. Tuesday’s high temp of 95 degrees tied a Chicago record set in 1983. Boone staff got theirs Wednesday after temps dipped into the high 80s, according to a staffer. CPS could not immediately say how many schools made the requests.
The district also handed out 800 regular-sized fans to schools that asked for them as well.
CPS now says that 330 schools are fully air conditioned, 153 schools have partial air conditioning, and 40 schools are not air conditioned, but have and will be provided fans upon request.
Boone is listed as having partial AC in a list CPS provided in December to the school utilization commission that made recommendations on which schools to close. Some 50 schools that received children from the 47 elementary schools and 1 high school program shuttered in June were supposed to get fully air-conditioned over the summer.
Meanwhile, CPS has provided heat protocol recommendations to all schools, which, unlike some suburban districts, have remained open on unusually hot days.
“We encourage parents to keep their children in class to ensure they not only receive the critical instruction they need, but our schools provide a safe environment with the nutrition and hydration students need to be as comfortable as possible,” CPS spokeswoman Becky Carroll said in a prepared statement.



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