Parents slam school for making pupils wear coats INSIDE

Parents slam school for making pupils wear coats INSIDE after refusing to turn the heating on while ventilating classrooms to stop spread of Covid

  • Pupils at Griffin Primary School in Hull told to wear ‘appropriately warm clothing’
  • School message added: ‘Heating will not be on until after the half-term holidays’
  • Children are expected to wear coats in cold classroom, say ‘disgusted’ parents 
  • Guidance for full school opening states: ‘Heating should be used as necessary to ensure comfort levels are maintained particularly in occupied spaces’ 

A primary school has told parents to ensure their children have coats to wear in the classroom – because it refuses to turn the heating on.

Griffin Primary School, on the Bilton Grange Estate, in east Hull, says the heating is being left off to help prevent the spread of coronavirus, and stresses it is following government guidance which highlights the importance of ‘good ventilation’ in classrooms.

However, the published guidance for full school opening states: ‘Heating should be used as necessary to ensure comfort levels are maintained particularly in occupied spaces.’

Parents say they are ‘disgusted’ that their children are expected to wear coats in a cold classroom, with their children left ‘freezing.’

Griffin Primary School (above), in east Hull, has told parents to ensure their children have coats to wear in the classroom – because it refuses to turn the heating on to stop the spread of Covid

The school stresses it is following government guidance which highlights the importance of ‘good ventilation’ in classrooms. But published guidance for full school opening states: ‘Heating should be used as necessary to ensure comfort levels are maintained particularly in occupied spaces’. (Above, the message sent out by Griffin Primary)

They were told in a message to ensure their children had ‘appropriately warm clothing’, with the school informing them the heating would not be turned on.

But parents said there was no explanation as to the reasons – with some assuming it must have been faulty.

The message to parents said: ‘It is getting colder every day, and the school heating will not be on until after the half-term holidays.

‘We are therefore reminding parents to ensure that children come to school wearing appropriately warm clothing and have coats/jumpers with them as well.

After discovering the reason for keeping the heating turned off was due to coronavirus, one mother said she was ‘disgusted’ and is now having to send her child in a hat and gloves.

‘I find this disgusting,’ she said. ‘I assumed the heating would have been on long before now as we have had cold and rainy days and I am shocked to learn it won’t be on until November.

Parents say they are ‘disgusted’ that their children are expected to wear coats in a cold classroom. One mother said, ‘I am shocked to learn the heating won’t be on until November’

‘They are putting children’s health at risk by not keeping them warm. 

‘I have the heating on most days in my home as the weather is getting colder and I assume most parents would, so I don’t understand how the school can justify this and put limits on when the heating can be used.

‘For some children, being in a warm classroom is the only time in that day they have warmth. And why have they never explained this to parents? Because they know there will be an uproar.

‘And if they are doing this then, is it a recommendation by the government and all other schools doing the same? If they can’t have the heating on during winter months, the school shouldn’t be open.

‘And in the first communication Griffin said the heating won’t be on until after half term, so if it’s covid-related, surely it wouldn’t be on at all.’

The mother said the situation is made worse because the children still have to do PE outside in the cold, then can’t come inside to a warm classroom.

She added: ‘What’s worse is the children still do PE outside and the school requests joggers and tracksuit bottoms, which some parents may not be able to afford.’ 

A spokesperson from the Venn Academy Trust, which runs the school said: ‘The staff at Griffin are committed to working with all parents/carers.

‘If parents/carers have concerns, we would appreciate it if they contacted the school rather than going directly to the media.

‘In line with the guidance, they are trying to keep rooms and classrooms well ventilated. It is therefore right and proper that parents have been made aware of this so that they can send their children into school appropriately dressed.’ 

MailOnline has contacted Griffin Primary School for comment. 

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