There’s a new push to open state school playgrounds during school holidays.
It comes after 42 NSW schools happily opened up their grounds over the Christmas break. Now people want to see it happen in other states.
Taxpayers fund the facilities, so should parents be able to get more use out of them?
The discussion on Sunrise predominately said YES. After all not all schools are fenced off.
Although many schools are locked up and legally who will be liable for any injuries that may occur?
Comments on the topic include:
– “Unfortunately people have no respect for others property. This is why schools have resorted to locking gates after hours, schools don’t have the money to continually repair and replace damaged equipment. Not to mention who would be liable if there was an accident and if it was an unsupervised child.”
– “Who is responsible on the case of injury? If the school has a duty for the safety of people using it, it might be problematic when it is school holidays with no supervision.
Multiple use areas are a great idea however. School/community centre.”
– ” The councils provide more than enough public park areas to be utilised.
The risk of vandalism and damage is too high and costly to warrant opening the grounds to the public during holiday periods. ”
– “Why exactly do schools need to be opened for the playgrounds there are plenty of council playgrounds for kids to go on without the added worry of buildings being broken into and let’s be realistic teenagers would love this not all but many. ”
– “There is a lot to consider… is there going to be any supervision? Due to the playground being on school property what if a classroom gets damaged? Or even the equipment?”
What do you think?
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