Education minister suggests opening “lower level” windows when classrooms are cold

The Education Minister has said teachers should open the windows “on a lower level” when their classrooms are cold.

An online campaign by elementary school teachers indicated that classroom temperatures were dropping below seven degrees in some classrooms this week due to ventilation requirements.

Health and safety regulations require that classes be suspended at 16 degrees.

Hepa filter

Teachers’ unions have criticized the lack of progress in acquiring air filtration systems for classrooms.

Minister Norma Foley said that relying directly on technology like Hepa filters was not the solution.

She told Newstalk, “We are encouraged to open windows before and after class for practical use during class. In other words, they can be opened lower levels and I know myself, having spent years in classrooms, that teachers and staff in school communities know exactly how to operate windows opening and closing. “

Ms. Foley added, “In some cases, Hepa filters are used, although we at Dr If there are ventilation problems, we have always said since schools reopened that if there are specific ventilation problems, it will be from school to school can be very different; it can be the operation of ventilation openings or the replacement of windows. “

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