(CMR) The new school year has been off to a rocky start for some schools, with reports of broken facilities in at least two institutions.
Clifton Hunter High School has been experiencing challenges with its air conditioning system, which constantly breaks down. CMR understands that the facilities manager has to continue fixing things to keep it working; however, after a while, the unit stops working, which makes the heat unbearable.
After Sandra Hill criticised the issue on The Cold Hard Turth this morning, the school issued a statement to parents that the AC system has been fixed.
Due to the malfunctioning AC, there were reports of a foul smell in the classrooms. CMR has also been told that carpets contribute to bad the bad smell and mildew in classrooms. This has created a health concern for both students and staff.
The school's principal told staff on Thursday that if the AC unit was not fixed, the campus would have to close, and classes would be taught remotely. However, the facilities manager “mended” the problem. The school is also in the process of acquiring fans.
Another institution was forced to close its doors on Friday due to an emergency. On Thursday, the Department of Education Services (DES) advised that the Sir John A. Cumber Primary School would have been closed on Friday,1 September, due to an electrical emergency. The school's electrical meter experienced a malfunction, resulting in damage to the meter.
CMR has also been reliably informed that the AC on a school bus that transports students of Joanna Clarke Primary hasn't been working since last school year. Parents are concerned that the children have to travel to and from school in extreme high temperatures, with Cayman recording some of its highest temperatures this summer.