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Preparing Schools for a Warming World

Education Week put a spotlight on a UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation (LCI) policy forum focused on protecting schools and students from extreme heat. “For some students, school might be the only time where they get a chance to cool off during the day,” said V. Kelly Turner, associate director of LCI, during the conversation with partners from the nonprofits Ten Strands and UndauntedK12. Schools must act now to prepare for a warming world, the panelists stressed. They laid out steps school districts can take to prepare for hotter days, including keeping classrooms under 80 degrees Fahrenheit; adding shade to schoolyards; developing emergency heat plans; and tapping into federal funding to upgrade energy systems. LCI also produced a resource kit offering further strategies for making schools more heat-resilient.


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