A MUM from Droitwich has said she is concerned that her daughter ‘could end up in hospital’ if her school continues to teach lessons with the windows open during the winter.

Gail Alloway’s daughter Ellie Bullock, who attends Droitwich Spa High School, suffers with asthma.

Ms Alloway says she is concerned because the school’s classroom windows are open during lessons times - a measure taken to try to halt the spread of Covid-19.

Cold weather is a common asthma trigger.

Ms Alloway said: “Ellie suffers from really bad asthma, and the school has all of its windows open in the classrooms and students are expected to wear the same school uniform. Because she’s asthmatic I’m worried the cold could cause her to have a bad chest infection, and if it got really bad she could end up in hospital. Students really need to be able to wrap up warm – the heating is on but all the windows and doors are open.”

Schools have been advised by the Government to keep windows open in classrooms for natural ventilation to halt the spread of Covid-19.

Guidance on the Government website says: “Once the school is in operation, it is important to ensure it is well ventilated. This can be achieved by a variety of measures including, opening windows (in cooler weather windows should be opened just enough to provide constant background ventilation, and opened more fully during breaks to purge the air in the space).

A spokeswoman for the Department for Education, said: “We are asking schools to provide good ventilation wherever possible, but also expect schools to maintain a safe and comfortable environment for their pupils and staff members.”

No one from Droitwich Spa High School was available to comment.