The problems with heating classrooms in the Twin Rivers School District have caught the attention of a California legislator.

Pictures taken by Twin Rivers District teachers show classroom temperatures on thermostats at 10 to 12 degrees above freezing.

Told students are taking blankets into as many as 40 classrooms, California Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg said Tuesday that has to be fixed.

"Kids need to learn in an environment where they're not cold," he said. 

In response, Superintendent Steven Martinez said they're working on the problem, which was caused in part by copper thieves last fall.

"Sometimes we have issues where the part is going to take a week to get here," Martinez said. 

In the meantime, he said, space heaters will be used in classrooms.