THE HOT WA­TER BOT­TLE PUPILS Kids arm them­selves for freez­ing cold classes

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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.”

Faulty heat­ing

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