As I am sure you will be aware, the weather is set to be warm all week. For many people this is good news and something to be enjoyed with sensible precautions. For others however, there is a need to be extra careful and we wanted to let you know the steps we will all need to take as a community to make sure the week does not lead to anyone suffering unnecessarily as a result. The following is based on NHS advice:
Children’s susceptibility to high temperatures varies; those under four years of age, who are overweight, or who are taking certain medication may be at increased risk of adverse effects. Some children with disabilities or complex health needs may be more susceptible to high temperatures. The community health practitioner, family health visitor or the child’s specialist health professional may be able to advise on the particular needs of the individual child. School staff and Support staff should be made aware of the risks and how to manage them. Please let us know if there is anything we should be taking particular care about.
• Teachers, assistants, have been given details of the characteristics of Heat Stress/Stroke and Heat Exhaustion and will look out for signs of heat stress, heat exhaustion and heatstroke.
• Teachers and support staff will take all possible precautions to keep rooms as cool as we are able and ensure air circulation. Premises staff will monitor the overall temperature of the site and advise Senior Team accordingly.
• We will provide some additional shade in social time by erecting some small gazebos by the school field.
• Please advise your son/daughter to make sure they have a water bottle and have applied sun cream in the morning. Please remind them to avoid excessive activity at break and lunchtime and to conduct themselves in a way to avoid overheating, calmly and with consideration for others.
• We are already on summer uniform and it should not be necessary for any student to be wearing their jumper or blazer in these warm conditions. We are willing to allow school PE logoed shorts to be worn instead of trousers, however all other school uniform remains the same, including footwear.
Please click on the following link for a simple poster as guidance, as issued by the NHS. https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/615550/Beat_the_heat_poster_2017.pdf .
For more information and some sensible guidance please go to: www.nhs.uk/heatwave.