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#1 monkeys mum

Posted 28 November 2012 - 07:48 PM

Would you consider keeping your kids home from school if the weather was to be 40 with extreme uv, severe fire risk in the hills, and extreme risk for the metro. As an added bonus thunder storms, one child is petrified of them due to sensory issues, and chances are another black out due to the heat- we have one now three hours in and at least min hour to go.

So would you send your kids or keep them home?

I am sure my birthday boy would love the day off to play with his new toy lol doesnt mean they will stay home though.

What temp would you keep your kids home?



#2 Heather11

Posted 28 November 2012 - 07:54 PM

I would keep them home if I lived in the hills so that I could leave and have them with me if need be.  I know a lot of schools actually close on catastrophic warning days anyway.

Other than that they go.  They stay inside at recess/lunch time if over a certain temperature and all classrooms are air conditioned better than our house so they would actually be cooler at school.

Also, not sure if you are in SA, but it could be like today forecast of 37 degrees but only reached 33.

#3 Squeekums Da Feral

Posted 28 November 2012 - 07:55 PM

With the fire risk in the hills (speaking of adelaide hills as example)
yes not even a question
I thought schools shut in high risk fire areas , they do in SA anyway.

#4 Bluestocking

Posted 28 November 2012 - 07:56 PM

depends, does the classroom have aircon? I thought there was generally a rule (when I was a kid anyway) that school closes once it gets to 40.

#5 Chelli

Posted 28 November 2012 - 08:00 PM

Yes I would keep them at home.

#6 emnut

Posted 28 November 2012 - 08:01 PM

fire risk in area that school is in - yes.  Other reasons no

#7 wiggles

Posted 28 November 2012 - 08:05 PM

I too would keep them at home.





#8 ~Tranquillity~

Posted 28 November 2012 - 08:10 PM

Yes I would under those circumstances. However I have never been a 'they must never miss a day of school ' type of person.

#9 ali27

Posted 28 November 2012 - 08:11 PM

At this time of the year, yes I would keep them home.

#10 butterflydreaming

Posted 28 November 2012 - 08:31 PM

If fire risk in the area of school then yes otherwise no. If we kept children home for really hot weather here in Perth school wouldn't start until March.

#11 Jembo

Posted 28 November 2012 - 08:37 PM

A hot day no, as they would never be in school here, it is always hot in summer.  

Sensory issues to a storm yeah I probably would consider it.

#12 Moffetta

Posted 28 November 2012 - 08:50 PM

Yes, I'd keep them home. The storm would be enough, I have picked my kids up early when I know a storm is brewing so I don't get stuck driving in it.

#13 MrsLexiK

Posted 28 November 2012 - 08:55 PM

Probably not,unless I actually lived somewhere that had been given a warning more then just totAl fire ban.

Are you in Vic? No storms until Friday original.gif

Edited by MrsLexiK, 28 November 2012 - 08:57 PM.


#14 .Jerry.

Posted 28 November 2012 - 08:58 PM

QUOTE
depends, does the classroom have aircon? I thought there was generally a rule (when I was a kid anyway) that school closes once it gets to 40.

In Qld there is definitely no temperature at which schools automatically close.  We do have severe weather (and "extreme heat") policies though.

I would keep my child home if I felt it was safer for them.  Not just because it was hot.

#15 KatakaGeoGirl

Posted 28 November 2012 - 09:02 PM

OP do you live in the Hills in Melbourne? I do - FWIW I haven't heard the school or any parents talking about what to do tomorrow. As far as I know it is all as normal, but the teachers warned the kids to be extra vigilant in the heat (ie drink well). Also remember it is 5-6 degrees cooler usually on the mountain - - usually makes a hot day off the hills quite pleasant here.

I'd only be worried on a succession of very hot days and hot northerly winds - that is where it can get dangerous.

Also tomorrow, I wouldn't worry. But perhaps later in the Summer after a couple of months of that kind of heat, perhaps I might think differently.

#16 Dionysus

Posted 28 November 2012 - 09:05 PM

My school currently has the policy if it is a forecast of 40 by the BOM, then those kids who have permission can go home 1 hour early (so, 2:30). Which is stupid as it is the hottest part of the day, generally, and we send kids off to walk/ride... The policy is under review!

We are presuming a lot of kids will stay home tomorrow. Our ye 11s and 12s have finished, our 10s have exams in the morning, so we are left with R-yr 9s

#17 jayskette

Posted 28 November 2012 - 09:06 PM

Yes, if the birthday boy is the one with the sensory/black out issues.
No, if your property is not in immediate danger from fire.

#18 Expelliarmus

Posted 28 November 2012 - 10:13 PM

It's not temperature that would keep my kids home, the school is cooler than my house - but a catastrophic fire danger day, I might as we (and our school) are just inside the Fire Danger Zone. Given the fuel levels at the moment, if tomorrow had been classified catastrophic I would probably have stayed home so I would be 5 minutes from my kids instead of 45.

At this stage of the year, with this weather, if you are in Adelaide I cannot see a problem with keeping your children home from school due to tomorrow's forecast.

However for me, the risk of blackout at my house would make me send them as the school is the last place around here to suffer a blackout - if that makes sense?

Tough call ...

#19 zande

Posted 28 November 2012 - 10:28 PM

Yes I would, especially at this time of year.

#20 lozoodle

Posted 29 November 2012 - 06:04 AM

Probably not. Its summer, its hot and everywhere is a fire risk. If there were current bushfires then yes, but not just for risk.

#21 CalEliKat

Posted 29 November 2012 - 06:29 AM

Yes I would, without hesitation.  If something were to happen I would want my children with me rather than wondering if they are OK and what is happening with them.  We have a detailed 'in case of fire plan' here including a packed suitcase with 3 days worth of clothes for each of us, wedding album, external hard drive.  In case of evacuation I would need to throw the cats in their cage, load them and kids in the car, suitcase and laptop and go.

We live in the bush though

#22 casime

Posted 29 November 2012 - 07:01 AM

If we were under a fire risk for the day, I would still take my DS to daycare because he's actually safer there as it is in the suburbs near town, whereas I live outside of town.  If I had to evacuate I could do it a lot quicker without him.

If it's just going to be a hot day (like today), then no, they don't get to miss out.  I know it's cliched, but when I was a child we didn't have airconditioned schools and water bottles on our desks.  We just got on with it.   If it's considered too hot to be at school, the school will make that decision.   I don't think that letting them have a day off because it's too hot is a particularly good precedence to set.

#23 Bob-the-skull

Posted 29 November 2012 - 07:03 AM

mine are going but thats because i have to go to work sad.gif

however they are going with lunch orders and money for the canteen for ice blocks...

if i didn't have to work i couldn't say that i would be taking them...

#24 Rachaelxxx

Posted 29 November 2012 - 07:28 AM

Our school will be having an inside day timetable today and most of our classrooms are airconditioned.  I know I will have some very tired little girls at the end of the day though, but no I won't be keeping them home.

#25 solongsuckers

Posted 29 November 2012 - 04:00 PM

QUOTE (lozoodle @ 29/11/2012, 07:04 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Probably not. Its summer, its hot and everywhere is a fire risk. If there were current bushfires then yes, but not just for risk.


Not everywhere is a fire risk.

I live in an extreme fire risk area, but I would probably not keep my kids home as the school is in a lower risk area and if there were a fire I would be leaving my home and going to the town that the school is in anyway.

If the school was in an area with higher risk then yes I might, as we would all be leaving our house on extreme fire risk days.




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