Oahu teacher treated for heat exhaustion from hot classroom

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HONOLULU (AP) — An Oahu elementary school teacher has been treated for dehydration and heat exhaustion which she says was caused by her hot classroom.

Hawaii News Now reports (http://bit.ly/1ijjkWx ) that Jennifer Pimentel drove herself to the emergency room Tuesday after she started to feel dizzy and fatigued.

She teaches at Ewa Beach Elementary, a school that is high on the Department of Education's list for air conditioning but won't be receiving relief this year.

Pimentel says she worries that the high temperatures in her classroom are affecting kids as well as other staff members.

According to a statement, the Department of Education is working to build heat abatement projects as fast as they are funded. In the meantime, they encourage staff and students to keep hydrated and report any illnesses to school administration.


Information from: KGMB-TV, http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/

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