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Some DISD schools without heat

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While the snow was a surprise to many people, some Dallas Independent School District parents also learned their children's schools had no heat. But instead of closing the schools, students were told to bundle up.

Monday afternoon letters went home from the LK Hall Elementary and Margaret Henderson Elementary administration alerting parents to heating problems and instructing them to add layers to their children's clothing.

Most parents heeded the letter's advice, dressing their students in multiple layers. But Tuesday wasn't just any day. There was a high of 39 degrees.

Eight-year-old Joe Guerra said his fingers were almost blue as he filled in his answers for a test.

"It was really cold and I had to keep my jacket on the whole time," he said.

Administrators said only a few classrooms lacked heat and maintenance crews worked on the HVAC systems both Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning. Guerra's dad said he never saw anyone working, though.

"I get here and nobody's working on the system. No trucks out there, nothing," Anthony Guerra said.

Carmen Suarez said she almost didn't send her pre-K daughter to school because of the frigid temperatures both inside and outside the building.

"I think it's ridiculous. You think you send your kids to a safe place, a warm place, and they come up with stuff like that," she said.

The district said it sympathizes with the students because it lost heat at its headquarters last week. Staff members had to work in their coats. Of course, last week it wasn't 30 degrees and snowing.

"We have 250 facilities anywhere from 100 years to 6 months old. So there are a lot of varying HVAC systems, and we try to stay on top of these issues and repair these issues as best we can and as quickly as we can," said Jon Dahlander, DISD's spokesman.

The district said it is working to fix the problems while watching the weather and how all of the schools are dealing with it.

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