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School has AC, but can't use it during heat wave

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - For the second straight day, school districts across San Diego County let many students out early due to heat. In most cases it's because the schools don't have air conditioning. However, one school in City Heights does, but it's not being used.

"My classroom is way too hot. I don't have a fan or AC or anything," a student said.

We found Marshall Elementary School in City Heights does have AC units. In fact, we found several of them.

"It doesn't work. We have it in there, but we're not allowed to use it until December 2014,"

We wondered why on a day like today, where temperatures reached well above triple digits, the air conditioners weren't being utilized.

"I've just been told we can't turn them on because the generators haven't been placed in or put in yet, can't turn them on," third grade teacher Naomi Reynoso said.

Reynoso, who's been on maternity leave, says she was told by workers to not turn on the AC because they'll leak water.

"It's horrible. I heard my substitute went home ill because of the heat last week," Reynoso said.

Another teacher showed us photos of windows that aren't allowed to be opened, two small fans cooling an entire classroom and small windows for ventilation.

Frustration is mounting to say the least for parents like Oscar Delgado.

"That's ridiculous, if they have them they should be using it," Delgado said.

But district officials tell CBS News 8 the AC units aren't being used because they're simply not ready yet. Older schools like Marshall Elementary require re-wiring that should be completed by November.

Jesse Tinoco says that's just not good enough.

"They could have a heat stroke. By the time I get here it will already be too late to do anything," Tinoco said. "Turn the AC on. Why not?"

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