A MUM claims a teacher at her son’s school prevented him from drinking more than one bottle of squash during the heatwave, adding he doesn’t like water.
Bryony Cappleman, 34, sent Jacob, seven, off to class on Monday with three 500ml bottles of squash because she says he is not keen on water.
Bryony Cappleman with her son Jacob, 7
Jacob was given three bottles of squash to take to school on Monday
But she says when she picked Jacob up, he revealed he had been told by teaching staff he could only consume one juice bottle that day.
She claimed this left him dehydrated on one of the hottest days of the year.
The mum messaged Wheatcroft Community Primary School to complain and find out what had happened.
It is understood staff replied and reiterated the school’s health rules – which apparently state that only one bottle of squash is allowed a day, at certain times.
Water, however, can be drunk at all times.
When approached for comment, the school said Jacob had been seen filling up his water bottle and “was seen drinking from that bottle throughout the rest of the day by staff in the classroom”.
But Bryony claims he “won’t drink water”.
The mum-of-two said: “I just can’t get my head round it to be honest.
“They’ve compromised on uniform policy because of the weather, so why can’t they compromise on this?”
Nurse Bryony says she sent Jacob off to class with three 500ml bottles containing Robinson’s squash.
She claims he has not been keen on water all his life so, as a compromise, she makes him a weak squash every day to take to his primary school.
She says this usually doesn’t conflict with the school rules, which she says state students are allowed to drink one juice or squash bottle with their lunch each day.
But, due to the extreme weather, Bryony says she decided this wouldn’t be enough for Jacob – and packed him three instead.
She then sent her son off to school in their hometown of Scarborough, North Yorkshire.
But, when he returned, he said he had only drunk one of the three bottles – apparently because the rules had not changed, despite the heat.
As a result, it transpired that Jacob had drunk nowhere near enough, the mum claims – on what was one of the hottest days of the year.
Bryony says she has complained to the school but has been unsatisfied with their response.
She said: “Jacob won’t drink water, and to get round it, I make him a very weak, sugar free squash to take with him to school.
“And, it was roasting yesterday, so of course he needed more than just the one bottle.
“But to drink more than one goes against the school’s ‘health’ policy and he was literally banned from drinking any more.
“How can a school claim to be upholding healthy standards when my son was dehydrated as a result of their rules – it’s a disgrace.
“I’m a nurse and the amount of global admissions hospitals get from dehydrated children and elderly people during this kind of weather is frightening.
“I would understand if it was Red Bull or Monster Energy, but it’s not – it’s a family drink.
“I’ve kept him home from school today because I’d rather have him somewhere where I know he’s drinking during this hot weather – it’s really frustrating.”
A spokesperson for Wheatcroft Community Primary School said: “The pupil in question brought three bottles of juice into school.
“During the morning he drank one 500ml bottle whilst in class.
“He requested a second bottle and a member of staff suggested he refilled his bottle with water and save his second bottle for packed lunch.
“The pupil filled up his water bottle with water and was seen drinking from that bottle throughout the rest of the day by staff in the classroom.
“All our children have access to cold water to drink or fill up their water bottles with throughout the day.
“All pupils are encouraged to bring their own water bottles and as a healthy school we encourage children to drink water in class, at playtimes and PE lessons to stay hydrated.”
The school said Jacob had been seen drinking water during the day