Parents Are Upset Over Classroom Conditions

By: Jeff Allen Email
By: Jeff Allen Email

Several parents are upset after they say their children sat bundled up in cold classrooms.

The principal at Cumberland Elementary says they did everything they could after a heating problem at the school.

One Cumberland Elementary student, Amy Bowling, says a little after school started Monday, the chill began.

"It was uncomfortable and I was miserable," Bowling said.

Principal Sheila Hall says she normally keeps the school at about seventy degrees, but the heat was not working properly.

"We did have a couple classroom's temperature drop to sixty," Principal Sheila Hall said.

"I had to put two coats on to stay warm, but I never did get warm," Bowling said.

Amy's mom says she wishes the school would've notified parents of the situation.

"I think they should have called us and made us aware of the situation so if we wanted to pick our children up we could've," Amy's mom said.

"I can understand them being concerned or over reacting, but that's my concern too," Principal Hall said.

Hall says the problem affected a handful of classrooms and was corrected by lunchtime.

Amy Bowling's mother says Amy has a kidney condition that won't allow her to take antibiotics and she feels the classroom was too chilly and put her daughter at risk.

"I wouldn't let her be at home with our house just being sixty degrees," Amy's mother said.

"I had a headache and my belly was hurting," Amy said, that, along with the threat of snow was enough reason for Smy's mom to keep her home from school.

Cumberland Elementary's principal says the school's boiler system was not working properly, but the problem is over and the school is completely warm again.


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