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Parents slam school for charging children 5p for cups so they can drink water on hottest April day for 70 years as temperature hit 82F

Fuming parents have slammed a school after it started charging thirsty pupils for a cup of tap water - just as temperatures outside hit the late twenties.
Labelling Onslow St Audrey's School in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, as "clueless" and "disgraceful", parents erupted with rage on social media today.
The issue was brought to light by one furious mother in a Facebook group with more than 10,000 members, reports the Hertfordshire Mercury.
“Actually can’t believe that our children can’t even get water at school anymore without paying for it," she wrote.
“They can buy a cup from the office for 5p if they are thirsty.”
The highest temperature in Hatfield today was 27 degrees C, according to the Met Office.
It is the hottest April day for 69 years, and the heatwave is set to continue throughout the weekend.
Several parents also questioned whether the school was allowed to charge for tap water.
Others pointed out that the charge was for the plastic cup and not the water itself.
One mother wrote: “This is disgusting. What about those children who have no money?
"Will they let them dehydrate?
"Why not have cups that get washed?”
Another said: “None of my kids have money on them today, they better not be refused water.”
Dominic Richards, the school business manager, insisted that free water was available to pupils at a number of water dispensers throughout the business and enterprise academy school.
However, he confirmed that a bottle or cup was required to access water from the dispensers and that children did not have access to water fountains.
Pupils who do not come to school with a bottle of their own would be charged 5p for a plastic cup - a plastic-saving policy that had been in place “for a number of years”.
“Water is freely available throughout the school and this is free for students to use," he said.
“We encourage parents to send their children to school with reusable water bottles to ensure they have access to water throughout the day.”
At Easter, the school changed its lunch meal deal to remove the bottle of water that had previously been provided to pupils, meaning they now have to bring their own drinks and bottles to school.
Mr Richards continued: “We changed our school meal deals at Easter to bring them in line with a number of other schools in the local area.
“Rather than increasing the cost of our meals, which would have increased them for all parents, we made the decision to stop providing the free bottle of water with them.
“We made that decision to save our parents money and we also want to encourage parents to help save plastic."
When asked what would happen to pupils who attended school without any money or a drinking bottle, Mr Richards said: “Then they could speak to a teacher.
"We’re not going to deny any child a drink of water.”
“A representative of the school has subsequently posted on Facebook in an attempt to reassure angry parents.
She said: “Please can I assure you students can obtain water (free of charge) from the water dispensers positioned around the school.
“We encourage students to bring in a refillable water bottle however if they forget they can purchase a plastic cup or a refillable bottle from reception.”

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