‘How hot is school closings’ is a highly sought-after term – perhaps by parents and students alike – as the UK sweats through this heat wave.
Temperatures have been in the top 20s across much of the UK all week and are set to get even hotter as we face possible temperatures of 36 degrees and higher next week. And with children in school, it is important to know Symptoms of heat exhaustion and make sure sun creams It is applied before and during school.
Temperatures have been soaring all week, with the NHS issuing a level 3 health warning for some parts of England. Also known as an Amber Alert, Level 3 is the second highest warning a Thermal Health Alert service can issue. Next is Level 4 classified as a “national emergency.”
The heat only reinforces what many Brits already know, we are not prepared for this kind of harsh weather. Air conditioning is not the norm in schools, and with the temperature rising many wonder. Will schools close if the temperature rises?
How hot are schools until they close?
There is no set maximum temperature that means shutdown. Similar to workplaces, there is a minimum temperature of 16 degrees before closure is proposed in accordance with government health, safety and environment standards (Opens in a new tab) (Health and Safety Executive) Approved Code of Practice.
But historically, hot days in the UK are very few and far between, and there was no need to specify that. Hot days tend to be treated as snowy days according to the DfE (Opens in a new tab)(Department of Education) The closure is at the discretion of the school principal.
While there is currently no law about maximum working temperatures, the World Health Organization recommends a maximum temperature of 24°C.
According to HSE guidelines: “During working hours, the temperature in all workplaces inside buildings must be reasonable.” HSE says that schools must provide fresh, clean air as well as keep temperatures at a “comfortable level”. They are also expected to provide adequate shade and deploy special measures when necessary, such as fans or air conditioners.
In addition, some high schools offer uniform standard rules such as;
- It is forbidden to wear jackets
- no relationships
- button down shirts
But this is up to your local school and will vary.
The National Federation of Teachers says special measures should be taken to lower temperatures once staff complain of feeling uncomfortable. A report states: “When in doubt, 26C should be used as a driver for these measures. Other steps such as closing unacceptably hot classrooms and teaching classes elsewhere, or even sending pupils home, subject to notification, may also need to be considered. reasonable for parents.
Parents should also ensure that their children are well-equipped in the heat wave, with a hat and sunscreen if they are likely to be spending time outdoors.
What are my rights if my child is sent home because he is too hot?
Similar to Snow Day, the school may announce this on social media and/or the local radio. When it comes to working parents, some companies may choose to offer employees paid time off, so it’s worth checking with your employer. However, employees do not have a legal right to get paid in case they take an emergency day off with their children.
If the school is closed, parents are usually entitled to unpaid leave to care for children.
How do you stay safe during a heat wave?
- Stay hydrated.
- Keep a bottle of sunscreen with you to absorb those UV rays
- Wear a wide-brimmed hat to prevent heat stroke
- Avoid going out during the sweltering daytime hours – from about 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Stay in the shade where you can
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