Highlands students spend morning at Washington after heat gives out

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Pupils at Highlands Elementary School briefly faced the prospect of a chilly classroom day Tuesday, after the heat gave out at the two-story brick building on the southeast side of downtown Naperville.

The “heating malfunction” led to a decision to move the kids off the campus at 9:15 a.m., and buses arrived to transport students to Washington Junior High School about 30 minutes later. The students spent the next several hours in the junior high gym, reading and taking part in other learning activities under their teachers’ supervision.

By early afternoon, Highlands was again warm enough to be conducive to learning.

“We’ve returned the classroom temperatures to normal, and some of the kids are back in the classroom now,” Naperville School District 203 Deputy Superintendent Kaine Osburn said shortly before 1 p.m.

The cause of the heating failure remained undetermined, and Osburn said he would not know more until he has heard a report on the incident from his director of buildings and grounds. For the moment, however, the issue was resolved.

“Working with our HVACcontractor, we were able to determine a way to get it back up and running,” he said.

The district used its online notification system and direct communication network to let parents know about the issue that had arisen, and how it was being addressed.

“The move from Highlands to Washington is part of our established procedure in the event of heat loss,” a notification on the school website said. “At no time were students in any immediate danger due to the malfunctioning heating system.”

The neighborhoods in Highlands’ attendance area include East Moser Highlands, Olesen Estates, Fontenaix, Willow Creek, Pembroke Commons, Huntington Estates, Oxford Lane north of 75th Street, Knolls of Huntington, Huntington Ridge, Green Trails SW, Promenades, Gardens and Collegewood.