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HOT WEATHER POLICY

 

Rationale

• Schools have a duty of care to staff and students at all times. This duty of care includes protection against hot weather, inside and outside classrooms.

Aims:

• To ensure the wellbeing of students and staff during times of hot weather by consistently implementing a planned management strategy that will cater for all circumstances.

Currently these practices occur as a matter of good sense by our teachers.

Junior School
 

• All teachers encourage children to bring water into the classroom for hydration throughout the day – all year round. In summer they encourage children to freeze the water bottle overnight.
• Junior School students must wear Cancer Council approved school hats (slouch, bucket or legionnaires) in Terms 1 and 4 when outside.
• Junior School excursions have a provision that states the excursion won’t go ahead if the temperature is over a certain temperature.
   These are decided on each specific excursion according to age of children, how much walking is involved, destination, time of day of excursion.
• Junior School Sports Day is not held if the forecast on the ABC news the evening before is over 32˚ C.
•  Junior School assemblies and school celebrations are not held in the MP hall or gym if the forecast temperature is 36˚C or over on the Bureau of Meteorology website.
• Children are kept indoors during lunch time if the temperature is 36˚C or above.

Middle School/Senior School

• All teachers encourage students to bring water bottles and not soft drink into class.
• Hats are encouraged outside classrooms
• Hats are required for PE.
• Excursion information sheets recommend hats outdoors
• Students are encouraged and requested to wear hats and sunscreen on Sports Day.
• Students are encouraged to stay under shade during lunch time if the temperature is 36˚.


Extreme Hot Weather

1.       In the case of prolonged spells the Principal will consult with the Chair of the Governing Council and send a letter to the parents stating that children can be collected from the Junior School during the afternoon if parents are able to do so. Programmed lessons will run until the end of the school day if parents do not pick them up and teachers will seek the coolest temporary locations. Parents need to follow normal early collection processes and check their students out through the Student Services Office.

2.       In the Secondary School from years 7 – 10, students can be sent home with parent approval in the diary if the temperature is 37 ˚C or above as according to Weather Bureau website and the Advertiser that day. Dismissal time will be 2:30pm on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Dismissal time will be 2.15 on Tuesdays.

3.       If these students have brothers or sisters in Junior School an adult must still pick up their child.

4.       Parents may pick up their children anytime if they believe the child is suffering from the heat.

 If the temperature is predicted to reach 40C or above, the Principal will consult with the Governing Council Chair and send a letter home to ask permission for students (7-12) to go home from lunch time. Junior School students can be picked up from lunch time too. Any student who cannot be picked up or sent home will remain at school in the coolest rooms until the end of the day.

Parents are requested to check temperatures on the Bureau website. Requests and information regarding early departure needs to be in diaries to the Class/Home Group teachers rather than phone calls and emails to ensure accurate and timely communication.