I work as a paraprofessional for the local middle school.
That means that I travel with one student with special needs throughout the day.
I am there to assist this student academically and physically. Because I travel with the student from class to class, I go in and out of about eight different classrooms throughout the day. While I enjoy moving around, the school has very uneven temperature control. In some areas of the building, there is air conditioning; but other areas of the building do not have any air conditioning. Similarly, some of the rooms have fans, while others do not. As the weather is getting warmer, this makes it challenging to know what to wear. In the rooms without air conditioning or fans, it is extremely hot and uncomfortable. It also doesn’t help that there are about twenty middle school kids sweating and stinking up the place! When I am in those rooms, I would still be hot in a skirt and a tank top! However, some of the classrooms that I am in have air conditioning. Because only certain rooms in the school have air conditioning, it is always blasting! While I enjoy the initial relief, by the end of the class period, I have goosebumps on my skin! I’ve found that the only way to make it through the day comfortably is by wearing layers. I am constantly taking my sweater on and off throughout the day, but it’s worth it. Last week, I decided it was hot enough to just wear a tank top, and I was so cold in the classrooms with air conditioning! It made it so much more difficult to get through the day. I won’t make that mistake again.