Summer sun advice

Schools have been given the advice below from Public Health, England May 2015 ('Looking after children and those in early years settings during heatwaves: guidance for teachers and professionals').

Please ensure your child comes to school with a full waterbottle, which they can refill throughout the day. Please ensure they bring a sun hat too. We would remind you that staff are unable to apply sun creams to your children. We advise that you buy the variety of sun creams that can be applied once per day and that you apply the cream before school each morning.

Protecting children outdoors

During periods of high temperature the following steps should be taken:

• children should not take part in vigorous physical activity on very hot days, such as when temperatures are in excess of 30°C

• encourage children playing outdoors to stay in the shade as much as possible

• children should wear sunhats with wide brims to avoid sunburn

• use sunscreen (at least factor 15 with UVA protection) to protect skin if children are playing or taking lessons outdoors for more than 20 minutes

• provide children with plenty of water (such as water from a cold tap) and encourage them to drink more than usual when conditions are hot


Protecting children indoors

During periods of high temperature the following steps should be taken:

• open windows as early as possible in the morning before children arrive, or preferably overnight to allow stored heat to escape from the building - it is important to check insurance conditions and the need for security if windows are to be left open overnight

• almost close windows when the outdoor air becomes warmer than the air indoors - this should help keep the heat out while allowing adequate ventilation

• use outdoor sun awnings if available, or close indoor blinds/curtains, but do not let them block window ventilation

• keep the use of electric lighting to a minimum

• switch off all electrical equipment, including computers, monitors and printers when not in use - equipment should not be left in ‘standby mode’ as this generates heat

• if possible, use those classrooms or other spaces which are less likely to overheat, and adjust the layout of teaching spaces to avoid direct sunlight on children

• encourage children to eat normally and drink plenty of cool water

Many thanks as always for your support

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