Coat appeal to keep children warm in Covid-ventilated schools

Coats are being collected to keep children in Scotland's largest city warm as schools keep doors and windows open to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

Glasgow is appealing for coat donations
Glasgow is appealing for coat donations

Schoolchildren in Glasgow, which has one of the highest rates of child poverty in the UK, are learning outside as well as indoors in a bid to reduce the risks of transmission.More than half of the city's 80,000 children are living in the most deprived postcodes in Scotland - with 60 per cent living in the 20 per cent most deprived regions.More than 40 per cent of children are living in the ten per cent most deprived postcodes in the country.Scottish Government guidance requires schools to keep doors and at least one window open for ventilation during the pandemic, but fears have been voiced that the cold weather will detract from learning.The education department at Glasgow City Council is asking for donations of good quality winter coats and jackets, as well as warm hoodies and sweatshirts as part of a campaign, Keeping Warm in Glasgow.Staff at St Roch's Primary School, in Royston, have already set up a clothes sharing system amid fears kids could be missing school without adequate clothing.Headteacher Mary McNulty said: "Children grow at such a rate that the clothes don't always have a chance to get done - so why would you not pass them on to each other?”en.”Donations can be left at Glasgow Life leisure centres in Barlanark, Castlemilk, Bellcraig, Darnley, Govanhill, Maryhill, Possilpoint, Penilee and Ruchazie, and at and The Lighthouse on Mitchell Lane in the city centre.

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