School denies charging pupils for water in heatwave

A college criticised on social media for charging for plastic cups on the most well liked day of the 12 months has denied claims youngsters needed to pay for water.

Onslow St Audrey’s College in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, made nationwide headlines over claims that youngsters couldn’t get water with out paying for it.

The highschool mentioned pupils had been inspired to convey a reusable bottle in or purchase a disposable cup for 5p.

However it offered cups freed from cost if a toddler has no cash, the college mentioned.

Nationwide media reported that folks had been indignant as a result of pupils had been being charged 5p for a cup of water.

Performing head instructor Joelle Casotti, mentioned: “Water has at all times been and continues to be freely accessible to college students of the college.”

In an announcement, she advised the BBC that there have been 4 water dispensers within the constructing and fogeys had been inspired to supply their baby with a reusable bottle which might be used to fill with water as required throughout the day.

Disposable cups can be found ought to youngsters not have a water bottle, which price 5p, “to encourage college students to be accountable residents and usher in a reusable bottle and subsequently scale back waste”.

Nevertheless, “at no time will a toddler ever be refused entry to water”, she mentioned.

“If a toddler doesn’t have their water bottle and doesn’t have 5p for a cup we offer a cup to them freed from cost.”

Printed at Fri, 20 Apr 2018 09:53:51 +0000