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Kindergarten fumes tested as kids get sick

AIR quality experts will conduct tests at a kindergarten today, following claims by parents that fumes from decorating work left their children ill.

More than 10 children in a class in Jiande Kindergarten on Jingyang Road in Putuo District showed similar symptoms, including vomiting, coughs and nosebleeds between October 8 and October 21, reported the Shanghai Morning Post.

Parents blame their children’s ailments on fumes from newly painted walls and handrails and complain that the kindergarten didn’t inform them before starting the decorating work in early October.

“My wife said she noticed a strong smell when she picked up our child one day,” said a father surnamed Huang.

Other parents told Shanghai Daily that their children suffered from bronchitis during the same period.

Children who showed severe symptoms were diagnosed with allergic coughs, parents said.

About half of the children in the class were kept at home after parents learned that the walls were freshly painted.

A teacher with the kindergarten surnamed Tao admitted to the Shanghai Morning Post that the school started painting walls and handrails to meet education bureau requirements without first informing parents.

Tao said the work was carried out during the national holidays by qualified teams designated by the Putuo District Education Bureau.”

“Painting and decorating work was never carried out during school time,” Tao said.

The kindergarten has more than 300 children, aged between two and six years old.

The education bureau said it had received complaints from several parents and had urged the kindergarten to deal with the complaints and carry out the air quality inspection.

Shanghai Daily visited the kindergarten yesterday but was not permitted to enter.

Parents complained they were not allowed to enter the classroom but had to wait in the hall.

“The children are too young to tell us about their environment,” said a mother surnamed Huang. “I think the kindergarten should be more open toward parents”

Today’s tests will be carried out by independent experts.



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