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Parents Voice Concerns Over Lack of Hot Water at Princess Anne School

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Greenwood Elementary School in Princess Anne (Photo: WBOC News) Greenwood Elementary School in Princess Anne (Photo: WBOC News)

PRINCESS ANNE, Md.- Greenwood Elementary School in Princess Anne came under fire during a recent school board meeting for the lack of hot water in some areas of the school. For decades the school has gone without hot water in some bathrooms throughout the school.

Alicia Corbin has a 7-year-old daughter that goes to school at Greenwood Elementary, she said the issue was never brought to her attention and was surprised to hear parts of the school are without hot water.

"I didn't know and this is the first time hearing about this," Corbin said. "It makes you think where is the hot water and where isn't the hot water. I mean sanitation reasons are a concern and everything else, so it's kind of unsafe for the kids." 

Latoya Whittaker's son goes to Greenwood for a part of the day. She said not having hot water is an issue, but it's not that big of a deal.

"It's a concern but it's not that serious of a concern; when it comes to water they're only really washing their hands and it's not as if they would have to take a bath or anything there. But I think the school should have hot and cold water," Whittaker said.

Leo Lawson with the Somerset County School District said in a statement to WBOC: "Since the school opened in 1962 the original construction did not include the necessary plumbing to provide hot water."

Lawson further said that due to budget constraints over the years the plumbing has not been upgraded. Lawson said the county is working to fix the issue and are gathering proposals to add upgrades in the next fiscal year's budget. 

Lawson also pointed out antibacterial soap is provided in all the bathrooms throughout the school, which you do not need hot water for. The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention confirms that hot water does not kill germs; but washing your hands with running water, soap and using hand sanitizer are the most effective ways to kill germs. 

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