Memo to Pasco teachers: No coffee makers allowed
Pasco County schools, like most others throughout Florida, are in energy conservation mode as a way to save money.
That's meant stricter control of thermostats and limited access to buildings on weekends. And for Pasco teachers, it also means restrictions on "energy consuming devices" in their classrooms.
Read that as coffee makers, microwaves and the like.
The district maintenance team has sent a memo to teachers reminding them that such items are unauthorized, and should stay at home: "It has come to our attention that as we start the new year, staff may not be aware or have forgotten that the use of personal appliances, such as microwaves, coffee pots, unit heaters, etc. are not permitted in student instructional/counseling areas or offices."
But all is not lost for the cold, hungry and caffeine-seeking set. The memo continues: "Appliances in teacher planning areas may be considered
Just remember to turn them off.