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Las Vegas Schools Confront Cooling Outages

Twenty-four campuses of more than 360 in the district submitted a work order between Aug. 8, the first day of school, and Aug. 11.   September 29, 2022


By Dan Hounsell, Senior Editor


About two dozen Clark County School District campuses in Las Vegas recently experienced entire-site air conditioning outages during the first four days of school and more have likely been affected since then. In total, 24 campuses of more than 360 in the district submitted a work order between Aug. 8, the first day of school, and Aug. 11, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal

The outages during the first week of school came as high temperatures ranged from the mid-90s to low-100s across the Las Vegas Valley. Several schools — including Sunrise Acres Elementary School, Keller Elementary School, West Prep and Shadow Ridge High School — submitted a work order on multiple days that week, records show. 

“This proactive work is critical and often helps identify major issues before they impact staff and students in the classroom,” according to a statement from the district. “Despite these steps, systems occasionally experience problems.” 

District staff works to address equipment and operational issues as quickly as possible, according to the statement. 

“When problems are encountered, staff monitor temperatures inside buildings according to established protocols to ensure student and staff safety,” according to the statement. “We appreciate the understanding of students, staff, and families as our dedicated staff does all they can to ensure that maintenance issues do not impact the instructional day.” 

Dan Hounsell is senior editor of the facilities market. He has more than 25 years of experience writing about facilities maintenance, engineering and management. 

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