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2016-02-25 | Who will return heat to schools in Dneprodzerzhinsk?

In Dneprodzerzhinsk seven schools are closed for quarantine due to illness of children. The official version: a flu epidemic. According to the environmental organization "Voice of Nature", the reason for the increased illness of children is not only the flu virus, but the poor quality heating in schools.

Winter quarantines in schools have become vicious tradition

According to the information site, in the Dnipropetrovsk region 204 schools are closed for quarantine, about 91.000 children (32%) are currently not enrolled in school. Compared to other cities of Dnipropetrovsk is the leader in terms of children with influenza and acute respiratory disease.
Annual closure to quarantine the schools in winter has become a vicious tradition that leads to unpleasant situations: the disruption of the educational process, cultural and sports events; finding children unsupervised by teachers or parents; non-compliance with school programs and the uneven distribution of the teaching load.
It is time to start to properly evaluate the performance of heads of schools and measures taken by authorities. When schools are closed for quarantine, preventive measures have not been taken. By the way, in Dneprodzerzhinsk there are schools that have over the last 10 years never closed for quarantine in winter. This is achieved through compliance with simple and low-budget rules: regular aeration, performing preventive measures for the students, control the physical condition of school, adherence to the rules of hygiene and the provision of favorable living conditions.

Blame not only influenza but also cold

Influenza is not always the only cause for mass disease of children. Firstly, for the European countries flu is a natural disease, the body of a healthy person is quite capable to deal on their own with the virus. It is known that the influenza virus is actively spreading in the winter at temperatures from +5 to -5 degrees. In schools in Dneprodzerzhinsk separate classes began to be sent to quarantine, when the street was bitter cold (-15 to -17 degrees). At this temperature, influenza virus, as well as any other infectious respiratory diseases, cannot progress. However, the fact of mass disease of children took place. What factors could affect the health of children? According to the environmental organization "Voice of Nature", the cause of mass disease of children could have been unsatisfactory conditions of study in several schools in Dneprodzerzhinsk: low temperature due to poor heating, dry air due to violations of ventilation modes and the use of spiral heaters, heat loss through old windows or due to incorrect installation of modern windows.

The organization “Voice of Nature" has been studying the energy consumption and condition of heating systems in local schools for more than 6 months. This work is conducted within the project CLEEN (Civil society Local Energy Efficiency Network) in order to prepare recommendations to improve energy efficiency for local authorities. Almost in all the schools built in the 1980s (model projects, panel buildings on the Left Bank and other areas), broken heating system can be found. Initially, these schools had been planned with combined heating: central - around the clock, plus a supply of warm air from the generator - during school hours. In addition, the implementation of a pseudo energy saving projects in the 1990s turned some schools into “cold storages” (e.g. high school №39). “No wonder that in such institutions children suffer massively from colds”, said Eugene Kolishevsky, executive director of the environmental organization "Voice of Nature", “At a time when energy conservation is of great importance, local authorities need to look for ways and means to insulate schools and restoration of combined heating systems. This will not only create a favorable environment in the schools, but also avoid a mass disease of children in the winter. "

Author: Eugene Kolishevsky


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