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Norma Foley ‘happy’ to get letter from student complaining of ‘freezing’ classroom

The Education Minister said she was “happy” to receive a letter from a student complaining of the “absolutely freezing” conditions caused by windows left open for Covid ventilation.

Sadbdh Ryan explained how she has to wear two pairs of socks, leggings, gloves, and a jumper, coat and cardigan on top of her uniform to prevent herself freezing in school.

Minister Norma Foley has advised school managers to implement public health advice which requires open windows and doors to facilitate ventilation in the battle to keep Covid under control in the classrooms.

Sadbdh told RTE: “I wrote an email to the Minister for Education and the Taoiseach to say our schools are absolutely freezing and that there was no thought put into it when they were talking about it.

“It’s just really cold and there’s no-one listening.

“Our windows are all open and our doors are all open and they have to be all open because if our CO2 monitors go to red we have to leave the classroom.”

A spokesman for the Minister told the Irish Mirror: “Minister Foley has received the letter referred to and is always happy to hear directly from students of their experiences and appreciates the time taken to write to her.

“School re-opening has taken place in challenging circumstances this new year, and the re-opening is a testament to the hard work and dedication of school communities.”

Minister for Education Norma Foley TD (Image: Collins Dublin, Gareth Chaney)



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