The Met Office has issued a red extreme heat warning for areas of England on Monday 18 July and Tuesday 19 July 2022. DFE are not advising schools or other settings to close. The advice from DFE is as follows:
Individual leaders are responsible for managing their own local circumstances. This includes the use of ventilation, closing classrooms that are too hot, keeping children and young people hydrated, avoiding vigorous physical activity, encouraging children and young people to wear loose, light coloured clothing and sunhats with wide brims, to use sunscreen, and providing them with plenty of water.
Here at Lake Farm Park Academy we are taking the following measures for all pupils and staff:
- Children to wear PE kit for the week – white LFPA T-shirt, navy blue or black shorts, navy blue or black jogging bottoms and white or black trainers/plimsolls
- Children must bring in sun hats, apply sun cream and bring in water bottles.
- Teachers will monitor that all pupils are drinking water and refilling their water bottles regularly
- No Physical PE lessons outside – in the hall only
- Reduced playtime and lunchtime break outdoors with the water sprinkler in use as we have been doing during the last couple of days of hot weather
- No extra-curricular sports clubs
- Keep lighting off in classrooms and communal areas where it is safe to do so.
- Awareness from all staff of any children experiencing any health difficulties relating to heat - regular monitoring of each class by welfare officer throughout the day.
- Staff are encouraged to wear weather appropriate clothing and ensure they are hydrated.
- We will ensure fans and air conditioned rooms are used all day to keep children cool on a rota basis
- Temperatures in all classrooms will be monitored by the premises staff every hour
For pupils with additional medical needs, the school nurse, community health practitioner, family health visitor or the child’s specialist health professional may be able to advice on the particular needs of the individual child (London Borough of Hillingdon advice).
Finally I hope we can all work together to ‘weather’ these two days of extreme hot conditions to enable us to finish the 2021-22 academic year on a positive note before school closes for the summer holidays on Wednesday, 20th July at 2.30 pm.