THE HOT WATER BOTTLE PUPILS Kids arm themselves for freezing cold classes
Perth Academy Children at a Perth school have been forced to attend classes armed with hot water bottles because their classrooms are so cold. Pupils at Perth Academy are apparently enduring freezing conditions during lessons. The heating in some parts of the school has been faulty, leaving a number of areas of the academy including some classrooms - without a reliable source of heat during the cold winter months.
Some parts of Perth Academy, based on the city’s Murray Place, date back to the 1930s.
One parent, who did not want to be named, told the PA they are concerned for their children’s health as their hands are going “blue and purple” in the cold.
Theysaid:“Thereishardlyanyheating and the children are not happy.
“They are having to take hot water bottles in with them because their hands are going blue and purple.
“This has been going on for months, it has not just been a couple of weeks.
“You don’t want your kids to be cold, because if they then get ill they will be absent from school, so this is also a health concern.
“At one point earlier this week, the kids said it was warmer outside than it was inside.”
A spokesperson for Perth and Kinross Council admitted education bosses are aware of the issues with the academy’s heating system.
The spokesperson said:“The health and wellbeing of all our pupils and staff is our upmost priority within each of our schools and we carefully monitor the temperature throughout the buildings to ensure that we are meeting our requirements to provide a suitable learning environment.
“Regarding Perth Academy there are some areas of the school that we recognise have not made the desirable temperature on occasion either due to a localised problem in the heating system within the school or through insufficient temperature increase following a holiday or weekend.
“We are working to identify the cause of any issues with the heating and resolve them as quickly as possible.
“When it has been necessary pupils have been allowed to keep on their outdoor jackets until the room they are based in reaches the comfortable temperature.”
However, the parent who spoke to the PA claims some teachers are threatening pupils with detention if they do not remove their outdoor jackets in the cold classroom:“They are upset as well because they are being told to take their jackets off in class.
“One teacher said they will get detention if they don’t.
“We have not had any emails or letters from the school about this.”
The parent also said there had been issues with water on the school playing fields, and some of the toilets had been blocked recently, leaving pupils with only a limited number of bathrooms to use.
But the council spokesperson said:“A new drainage system was installed adjacent to the playing fields in 2018 to deal with the rainwater drains which were not coping and flooding some nearby properties.
“The girls toilets in the West Courtyard area backed up in autumn 2018 as a result of blocked drains.
“The blockage was cleared when the issue was reported.
“The toilets have not blocked since then.”