Left in the cold: Mathews parents say it’s time to fix heating at high school


MATHEWS COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) — It’s been cold enough to need the heat the past couple of days, but one area school has been doing without heat for a while, and 10 On Your Side has gotten a number of emails and Facebook messages about it.

Mathews High School even had to close school on Monday, which happened to already be a make-up day.

Faith Boyd doesn’t mind sending her child to school in the cold, saying it’s just a matter of extra layers at the bus stop.

But when her child’s education has to stop because of it, it’s an issue, especially since it’s a recurring one. She says now she is ready for a permanent solution.

“It frustrates me when I get up in the morning and I have a text at 6:30 in the morning and you think your child is going to go to school,” said Boyd.

Instead, Boyd received a text on Monday morning saying classes were canceled due to inadequate heating in the schools.

“They know the weather before and they should have known to get the school ready for the children,” she said.

She says this is not the first time heating has been a problem at the high school.

And Tuesday once again her son complained of a classroom so cold, he wanted to come home.

“Our kids still need to go to school and still need to get their education and the heaters need to be fixed, they need to be fixed properly,” she said.

She says she has picked her child up before for the same problem and received this answer

“I said well, I’m going to pick up my son, and she goes, I don’t blame you and that was the secretary,” she explained.

On Tuesday when she went to the school she wanted to know a definite solution, and received this answer

“With the high school they say the boilers are being fixed, the boilers are going to be fixed,” she added.

She says this is the same answers she received for months, and just wants to know when this issue will be solved.

10 On Your Side went looking for answers, but were also left in the cold.

“No one is available to talk with you at this time so we have no comment,” said an administrator through the front door.

Faith says she loves her Mathews community and knows both she and the school system want the best for their children, it’s just a matter of finding the right solution.

10 On Your Side has reached out to Superintendent Nancy Welch multiple times. We were told she has the messages, but we have not heard back. We will keep you updated on any developments.

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