Legislation aimed at keeping schools from overheating awaits governor's signature

The bill, which would not only set a maximum temperature, but also allow schools to cancel classes if classrooms get too hot, awaits Gov. Kathy Hochul’s signature.

Katerina Belales

Jun 17, 2024, 10:49 AM

Updated 35 days ago


Lawmakers and members of the New York State United Teachers Union gathered at Monroe-Woodbury Central Middle School Tuesday morning to announce the passage of legislation establishing a maximum temperature in school buildings.
The legislation, sponsored by State Sen. James Skoufis (D-42) and Assemblyman Chris Eachus (D-99), will require schools to take action when classroom temperatures reach 82 degrees. This includes measures like turning on fans, lowering blinds or adjusting ventilation systems.
If temperatures reach 88 degrees, the bill mandates that students and staff be removed from the building.
The legislation comes in response to concerns from over 700 teachers who reported unbearable classroom conditions due to excessive heat during the past school year.
"We've had parents come up to us saying how angry they are about this upcoming week ahead," said Skoufis. "It's a safety concern."
"As a teacher, I know these conditions all too well," said Eachus. "It's a health concern."
The bill now heads to Gov. Kathy Hochul's desk for her signature. If signed, it will go into effect on Sept. 1, 2025.

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