Pupils ‘may need extra layers to avoid colds from classroom ventilation’

Schools should consider allowing pupils to wear extra layers in the classroom due to the extra ventilation required during the coronavirus pandemic, the education minister has said.

Peter Weir said concerned parents had been getting in touch with his department to ask why school windows were being kept open as temperatures outside were dropping.

Mr Weir said school leaders would need to adopt a “common sense” approach in ensuring there was sufficient ventilation.

The minister was responding to an Assembly question from Alliance MLA Paula Bradshaw, who has asked whether funding would be provided to help schools ventilate classrooms without having to open windows during the winter.

Paula Bradshaw (Liam McBurney/PA)
Paula Bradshaw (Liam McBurney/PA)



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