Your children have coped well with the hot weather so far but as temperatures set to hit 34 degrees next week, I wanted to send some guidance out for you and to let you know what we are doing.
To try and keep your children safe at school we will only be letting them outside to sit in the shade and to do quiet play/book reading. Water is freely available in school but please send your child with any water bottle- it doesn’t have to be a school one. At the hottest part of the day, we will keep the children in the shade or, if necessary, inside. They will not be playing football etc.
To help your child, could they wear light, loose fitting clothes-they don’t have to wear uniform. Nothing with shoulders exposed or shorts that are inappropriate for school. They need to wear a hat and have their water bottle with them. Please send sunscreen too, labelled with their name and know how to apply it. Make sure any child that needs an inhaler has theirs with them and it is in date.
We shall be watching the children carefully for signs of heatstroke, these are the things to watch out for:
- a headache
- dizziness and confusion
- loss of appetite and feeling sick
- excessive sweating and pale, clammy skin
- cramps in the arms, legs and stomach
- fast breathing or pulse
- a high temperature of 38C or above
- being very thirsty
- floppy and sleepy children
If your child is showing any of these symptoms at school, we will be sending them home straight away so that you can monitor them and seek medical advice if necessary.
Any further concerns or anything you wish to discuss please contact the school office.