Students and staff complain about cold rooms inside E.C. Glass

A staff member sent this photo on January 3, 2018 to ABC 13 showing a thermostat inside E.C. Glass High School below 60° (Photo submitted)

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- Students and staff at E.C. Glass High School in Lynchburg say it's freezing inside and some claim parts of the school are so cold, they can see their breath.

In photos shared with ABC 13, students can be seen wearing coats and gloves inside the school.

"It's ridiculous to do that in schools but that's what they're doing," Gretchen Kreis, who has two students attending E.C. Glass, said.

A staff member of the school sent a photo showing the temperature below 60°, which isn't even the coldest room, the staff member says some rooms are so cold you can see your breath.

"You can't concentrate in school when you're cold, you can't concentrate anywhere where you're cold it's hard. This is too cold," Kreis said.

Kreis said this problem started when the students went back to school on Tuesday and she's contemplated pulling both of them out.

"I was not happy. I was very angry, and I wanted this taken care of the day before," Kreis said.

According to Lynchburg City Schools, the heat at Glass is running just fine, except for one room, and they moved those students out, but staff and students said it's definitely more than one room.

"They're not happy. I mean, wearing layers to teach," Kreis said. "Nobody can concentrate because it's so cold."

The heat is working in some rooms too well, as the staff member said one room reached almost 80° by the end of the day.

Lynchburg City Schools would not release a comment about the situation, saying they would not go on camera or speak about the issue, but said if any parents have concerns, to call the school.

The staff member said administrators told teachers they can bring space heaters from home if they want to.

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