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Hot Weather Precautions

Children can control their body temperature less efficiently during hot weather and so can be at risk of ill-health from heat and could suffer heat-related illness. Staff and Medical Leads will be looking out for signs of this. If sensible precautions are taken children and adults are less likely to be affected by hot conditions. The main risk from heat is dehydration (not having enough water in the body). 

 

During periods of high temperature, the following steps will be taken at school:

 

  • Cover up with long-sleeved shirts and long trousers or skirts
  • Use sunscreen (at least SPF15) and reapply it regularly throughout the day
  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat that covers the face, neck and ears
  • Spend time in the shade, such as under a tree or shelter (particularly during the middle of the day)
  • Wear sunglasses that protect against UVA and UVB rays
  • children will be encouraged to not take part in energetic activity on hot days, e.g. in temperatures over 30°C. Any activity will be risk-assessed and changes made, e.g. moved to the morning.
  • children playing outdoors will be encouraged to stay in the shade as much as possible; we now have several areas of shade.
  • children should wear loose, light-coloured clothing (summer uniform/ white t-shirts) to help keep cool and bring in sunhats to avoid sunburn
  • children should have sunscreen (at least factor 15 with UVA protection) applied at home in the morning to protect skin if children are playing or taking lessons outdoors for more than 20 minutes; they may bring this in for their own use and self-application if wished.
  • we will encourage children to eat normally and drink plenty of cool water. Children will be encouraged to drink more than usual when conditions are hot, especially at lunchtime. Please send your child in with a named bottle, or frozen water in a wrapped bottle. This can be refilled.
  • we will open windows as early as possible in the morning before children arrive to allow heat to escape from the building
  • we will close indoor blinds, but not block window ventilation and will 'almost close' windows if the outdoor air becomes warmer than the air indoors – this should help keep the heat out while allowing adequate ventilation
  • we will use fans if possible to increase air movement if temperatures are below 35°C – at temperatures above 35°C fans may not prevent heat-related illness and may worsen dehydration
  • if possible, use those classrooms or other spaces which are less likely to overheat, and adjust the layout of teaching spaces to avoid direct sunlight on children
  • keep the use of electric lighting to a minimum and switch off all electrical equipment, including computers, monitors and printers when not in use – equipment should not be left in ‘standby mode’ as this generates more heat