CONCERNS have been raised around coronavirus guidance in schools after overheated pupils were denied refilling their water bottles during the hot weather. 

Parents and guardians of those attending Wallacewell Primary in the North East of Glasgow have lodged complaints about the matter after children went thirsty last week. 

The Glasgow Times understands that on Thursday - when temperatures reached as high as 23°C - a pupil told how he felt so hot he was going to faint. 

One parent - who wished not to be named - said: "My wee boy finished his water bottle after lunch but wasn't allowed to fill it up again or use another container to have a drink.

"It was so hot that day, the pupils must have been so thirsty. 

"The teachers have recommended bringing in extra water bottles but the kids' bags are so heavy as it is.

"It is a worry - dehydration can make people really unwell, I don't know how they are expected to concentrate."

The Scottish Government guidance, in place to mitigate transmission of Covid-19, prevents children from touching the nozzles of water coolers. 

Teachers in schools across Glasgow have, instead, been refilling bottles themselves, offering jugs of water and handing out cups to pupils. 

While the restrictions remain in place, Glasgow City Council is encouraging children to bring in their own water bottles and spend time in the shade during break times. 

A spokeswoman said: "Unfortunately Coivd risk mitigations remain in our schools to help reduce spreading the virus and this includes using the water coolers. 

"School staff are encouraging children to bring in their own water bottles, giving children additional fluids at lunchtime and filling up bottles throughout the day.

"During the hot spell last week, children at the school were encouraged to drink more and spend time in the share when outside - another mitigation as we deal with the ongoing pandemic.

"School will continue to follow the government's advice and guidance and we asking for families to support the school's current policies during this time."

A Scottish Government spokesman said: “The provision of free drinking water is a key factor to support children’s health and wellbeing.

"Education authorities have a duty to ensure that free drinking water is available to pupils throughout the day and we would expect schools to make available free drinking water whilst taking account of latest health protection advice.”