New Britain student sickened by extreme heat on Tuesday - WFSB 3 Connecticut

New Britain student sickened by extreme heat on Tuesday

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A New Britain student at Chamberlain Elementary School actually ended up in the hospital with dehydration. (WFSB) A New Britain student at Chamberlain Elementary School actually ended up in the hospital with dehydration. (WFSB)
NEW BRITAIN, CT (WFSB) -

The sweltering conditions were especially tough on students and teachers without air conditioning on Tuesday.

A New Britain student at Chamberlain Elementary School actually ended up in the hospital with dehydration.

The school has air conditioning in offices, computer labs, and the cafeteria but not in classrooms.

Fifth grader Renielle Rodriguez said the conditions were too hot to handle and he began feeling sick in his classroom.

“I was real hot I was dizzy and I almost passed out,” Rodriguez said.

Somehow, he walked home after the school’s early dismissal at 1:20 p.m., but it got worse as he arrived home.

He told his mom he didn’t feel good and ended up getting sick at home.

“I was telling her calm down mom. I didn’t want to go to the hospital but she made me; I was sick,” Rodriguez said.

An emergency room doctor told Rodriguez he was dehydrated and gave him fluids and told him to drink a lot of water and rest.

Fortunately, after a little rest and a lot of water Rodriguez is going to be just fine, but his mom said the school district should have canceled school or moved students to air conditioning.

For a full list of early dismissals across the state, click here.

In a written statement, District COO Paul Salinas said "Without knowing the child’s name or the circumstances, we cannot comment specifically as to whether this child’s illness was heat related or due to any existing condition. As has been reported via numerous news stations today, New Britain was one of the first school districts to determine and announce on Sunday evening, early release days for both today and Wednesday due to concerns regarding the hot, humid weather. During these unusually hot September days, school principals have taken several steps to keep students and staff as comfortable as possible in non air-conditioned buildings. These include keeping shades or blinds closed, bringing in fans to circulate room air, turning off classroom lights, allowing students to have bottled water at their desk, ensuring that students are brought to the drinking fountains as needed, rotating students through the few common areas which may be air-conditioned such as the café, media center, computer rooms.
Parents must make decisions based on their own child’s medical condition. If a parent wishes to keep a child home for a specific reason, they may do so.

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