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May 31, 2001

A teachers union in Ireland has instructed its 11,000 members to monitor the temperatures in their classrooms and leave if they are too hot or too cold, The Irish Times reports.

The directive, carried in the latest edition of the Teachers' Union of Ireland newsletter, says the temperature in the classroom should not fall below 63 degrees Fahrenheit.

If it does, the directive says, the teacher should raise the issue with the union and ask the school principal to remedy any defects in the heating system. Failing that, teachers are instructed to leave the classroom, according to the directive.

Similar action is advised if the classroom becomes too hot. Allowance is made for "solar gain and humidity," but once the "shade temperature" exceeds 79 degrees action should be taken, the directive says.

"The wider implications of global warming on classroom temperature is not mentioned in the directive," the Times remarked.

Source: The Irish Times.

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