This is why a school was charging pupils for cups of water on the hottest day of the year.

Whenever the weather gets like this in the UK – or anywhere, for that matter – it’s important to stay hydrated and always have access to water. However, parents of children who attend the Onslow St Audrey’s School in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, were left outraged when it emerged that children were being charged for cups of water. Indy100 reports.

According to the Hertfordshire Mercury, parents flooded a Facebook group with complaints about the 5p charge for a cup of tap water as temperatures hit 27C in Hatfield on Thursday.

Statements like,’This is disgusting. What about those children who have no money?’ and ‘None of my kids have money on them today, they better not be refused water.’

However, the hysteria surrounding the story may have overshadowed a few important facts about the school’s water and plastic policy. 

Speaking to the Hertfordshire Mercury, school business manager, Dominic Richards, explained that water was available to pupils throughout the school – for free – via water dispensers, but they would prefer to have children bring their own bottles into to school to cut down on plastic waste.

“We encourage parents to send their children to school with reusable water bottles to ensure they have access to water throughout the day.”

Recently, the school decided to change their policy on plastic, which included the removal of a bottle of water from pupil’s lunchtime meal deal, with the focus being on parents to provide the bottle instead.

When quizzed about the realistic possibility of some children not having the correct amount of money available to them to pay for the charge, Mr Richards reassured parents that no child would be denied water any child with a problem should talk to a teacher.

“For students who are registered as free school meals and do not have a water bottle, a cup will be provided.

An email was sent to all parents to notify them in advance of the changes being made.”

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  1. JD

    Wise and thoughtful behaviour – I wish our school threw less plastic into bins that then go to landfill. There are virtually no recycling facilities. At least this makes a strong point.

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