Alex Crescenti | WCTV EyeWitness
January 18, 2017
TALLAHASSEE, Fla (WCTV) -- Many of the parents we spoke with say the first time they heard about the heating problem was when we asked them about.
However, the school district insists it took the necessary steps to contact parents about the situation.
"My kid's in kindergarten, she gets cold easily. I mean, she sleeps in long pants, long shirt and two blankets, so if I would have known that she didn't have no heat, yeah, I would have came and got here," said Eliz Emmons.
Other parents were not as concerned.
"I know it's going to be cold, but kids are going to want to, they're going to run around, they're going to take off their jackets. It's still going to be 20 degrees outside," said Geffrey Gary.
Most of the parents we spoke with were unaware of the situation until hours later.
"Well my mom had called me and she had heard it on the news then she called me and told me about it," said Joshua Racca.
The Leon County School District says it sent an email to parents just after 11 a.m. Thursday. Phone calls or text messages are only sent if there's an emergency. School officials said this incident didn't qualify as an emergency and said children dealt with the situation quite well.
"We've had several phone calls, but I think I've only had one dismissal for concerns that their child was cold," said Chaires Principal Michele Prescott.
Some parents say the district should take better care of facilities so a situation like this doesn't happen again.
"This shouldn't be a problem, we're sending our kids to get an education. It should be warm enough," said Gary.
By: WCTV Eyewitness News
January 18, 2018
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Shortly after noon, workers restored heat at Chaires Elementary School in Tallahassee.
The school had been without heat all morning, Leon County Schools spokesperson Chris Petley confirms.
Staff noticed when they got to the school at 8:30 a.m. Thursday that the heat was not working. Repair crews were called in and determined that the boiler system had failed.
Petley says students were staying warm inside the classrooms and the staff worked to keep spirits up. Petley says officials are doing their best to make the day as normal as possible for the children.
The lack of heat happened during an extremely cold day, with temperatures in the 20's most of the morning.