Air conditioning failure at Las Vegas high school forces students to move to cooler climes for vacation

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The principal of Centennial Hills Elementary School said students are attending classes in cooler parts of campus while school staff deal with a partial air conditioning outage at the school.

“The HVAC at our school is currently having issues in parts of the campus,” Darnell Elementary School Principal Kimberly Gray said in a letter to parents obtained by 8 News Now Investigators. “The district is working to provide technicians to work on the unit.”

The employees, who asked not to be identified, said the problems began Monday and were affecting students through Wednesday morning. They said the school’s office and medical office were so hot they had to bring their own fans to cool down. The medical office also has medications and other supplies that need to be kept at a specific temperature. For example, EpiPens can lose their effectiveness if they are not kept cold, staff told 8 News Now Investigators.

Those workers provided a photo of a thermometer showing a temperature of 92.2 degrees inside the building and told 8 News Now investigators the temperature inside the building reached 96 degrees. The temperature outside was about 115 degrees when children left school Wednesday afternoon.

Archive photo of Darnell Elementary School in Las Vegas (KLAS)

In response to questions about the school’s air conditioner, a Clark County School District spokesperson wrote: “The district is working on HVAC repairs that are impacting a portion of the campus. All students are in classrooms with working HVAC units.”

Parents who came to pick up their children on Wednesday were aware, at least to some extent, of the air conditioning failure.

“It’s frustrating that he’s gone, but they’re also going through renovations,” said Felica Calhoun, a parent.

Calhoun — who sends two children to Darnell during the school year but only her young son year-round — said the school administration has been communicating via email and calling some parents directly. She said her son spends school days in a portable classroom unit with its own working air conditioning.

“If I really thought he was in a 100-degree room, I certainly wouldn’t have let him in,” Calhoun said.