We are doing everything we can to ensure the safety of our students and staff in the current heat, including making sure everyone is drinking lots of water and wearing hats and protective clothing at break times and when working outside. Kent County Council have issued some advice, please see key points below, which applies to everyone, but in particular vulnerable Kent residents.
Key advice in hot weather includes:
Plan ahead to make sure you have enough supplies, such as water, food and any medications you need.
Avoid the heat: stay out of the sun and don’t go out between 11am and 3pm (the hottest part of the day) if you’re vulnerable to the effects of heat.
Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and fruit juice. Avoid tea, coffee and alcohol. Take water with you if travelling.
Never leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle, especially infants, older people, young children or animals.
Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. If it’s safe, open them for ventilation when it is cooler.
Keep rooms cool by using shades or reflective material outside the windows. If this isn't possible, use light-coloured curtains and keep them closed (metallic blinds and dark curtains can make the room hotter). Identify the coolest room in the house so you know where to go to keep cool.
Have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water.
Stay tuned to the weather forecast on the radio or TV, or at the Met Office website.
Wear loose, cool clothing, and a hat if you go outdoors. Wear UV sunglasses to reduce UV exposure to eyes and apply a sunscreen of at least SPF15 with UVA protection.
A full copy of the press release can be found in our Parents & Carers section under Our School Community, but please don't hesitate to contact us if you would like any additional advice or guidance.