As you will be aware, a red warning has been issued by the Met Office for extreme heat over Monday 18th July and Tuesday 19th July.
St Marie’s will remain open unless directed to do so by the Department for Education and we will put sensible measures in place to keep everyone safe and as cool as possible in school.
Our measures include:
- Encouraging children to stay hydrated - Can all children please bring in a water bottle that can be refilled throughout the day to ensure your child remains hydrated. Staff will be actively encouraging children to drink more during this hot period.
Children cannot control their body temperature as efficiently as adults during hot weather because they do not sweat as much and so can be at risk of ill-health from heat. The main risk from heat is dehydration (not having enough water in the body).
- Wearing cool clothes – Children can attend these days in their school PE kit if they wish.
- Wearing hats with a wide brim – Please send your child to school with a cap/hat.
- Wearing suntan cream – Please apply sun cream before school. Children can bring their own labelled sun cream. Staff will give opportunities for your child to apply more throughout the day.
- Offering more frequent rest breaks – Staff will plan a calm day of learning.
- Playtime/Lunchtime – Outside play will be reduced during the extreme heat. Taking breaks in the shade. We will assess the situation throughout the day – breaks may be shorter, staggered so more children are able to access shade or taken inside. Children will be encouraged to stay in the shade as much as possible.
- Increasing air movement by ventilation if possible - We will ensure all windows and doors are open when the outside temperature is cool enough and keep window blinds closed.
Please note that Marathon Club and Sheffield United Multi-skills club will NOT take place after school on Monday 18th July. We will provide an opportunity for the children to run their last Marathon club laps towards the end of the week when it’s cooler.
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to get in contact.