LA Unified cancels all outdoor activities due to heat wave
Craig Clough | September 16, 2014
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As a result of the massive heat wave striking the Los Angeles area, LA Unified officials on Tuesday decided to cancel all outdoor activities or move them indoors until Wednesday.
Triple-digit temperatures are hitting parts of Los Angeles with unusually high temps expected to last several days. Los Angeles County Health officials extended a heat alert issued on Monday to last through Wednesday.
The move to cancel outdoor actives comes as LA Unified has been struggling to keep some students cool indoors as well. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power reported record high power demand Monday and is expecting to break the record on Tuesday as well, according to NBCLA. Multiple LA Unified schools are having problems with air conditioning units working properly, according to KPCC.
The problems prompted the district on Tuesday to issue the following statement: “L.A. Unified is aware of the problems with the air conditioning units affecting many of our schools. We take these issues very seriously. Nearly 500 air conditioning service calls have been received since yesterday. When possible, students and staff have been relocated to other classrooms or multipurpose rooms with air conditioning to continue instruction. A crew of workers have been evaluating and fixing every issue.”