Thermostat Freedom In Our School

Something I love about the school I teach at is how I have control over the thermostat in my classroom.

I know a lot of teachers who work at other schools and their number one complaint is about the thermostat settings.

Their rooms are either too hot or too cold. Most schools don’t allow their teacher’s to control the temperature of their classrooms for efficiency and consistency reasons. From what I’ve heard from some of the older teachers, our school wasn’t always like this. The principal used to control the heat and air settings for the entire building. One year though, the teachers fought for their right to have control over the temperature settings in their room. If they were going to spend all day teaching in one room, they wanted the right to set the thermostat however they pleased. The principal agreed, but there were a few limitations. Teachers were granted access to their thermostat, but they could only set the temperature between 65 degrees and 75 degrees. This would keep things running efficiently. The clear lock boxes were also required to remain locked at all times in order to prevent students from altering the thermostat. Each teacher was given a key to the thermostat lock box and they were responsible for it. If a teacher couldn’t follow these guidelines, then the key would be taken from them and the principal would set it himself. I’m so thankful those teachers fought for our thermostat freedom today. I prefer to work in a room that’s not too hot or too cold.