Jump to content

39c this Tuesday and school


  • Please log in to reply
23 replies to this topic

#1 aprilrain

Posted 03 December 2012 - 09:40 AM

Visit My Websitehttp://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/record-queensland-temperatures-tipped-as-summer-sends-heatwave-across-the-state/story-e6freoof-1226528630862

What does your school have in place to help children and teachers cope with a day like this? My 6yo is in the hottest classroom in the school due to bad design. Where the breeze would come off the coast is a two storey brick wall! No A/C as is a state school in Brisbane.

I feel ridiculous asking the teacher if she wants us to keep them home and cool if possible, but at this time of year (last two weeks of school) they may be still doing assessment.

Are you local? Are you sending yours with lots of frozen drinks and instructions to wet their head? Am I being mean if I send her?

Edited by aprilrain, 03 December 2012 - 09:41 AM.


#2 BetteBoop

Posted 03 December 2012 - 09:45 AM

I'm probably going to keep DD home. She's 5 and in prep and there is no air con in her class.

As far as I know, they're just having fun at this time of year. None of her homework folders came home on Friday.

#3 aprilrain

Posted 03 December 2012 - 09:47 AM

Thanks for replying. Now you mention it, DD said something about reading folders are done for the year.

#4 Therese

Posted 03 December 2012 - 09:50 AM

I would probably keep her home if you could.  I know neither of my girls would cope well with heat like that.

#5 *Lib*

Posted 03 December 2012 - 09:51 AM

Our kids are on holidays, the vacation care place have air cond, so I hope they have it on!!

#6 PrincessPeach

Posted 03 December 2012 - 09:54 AM

If they still predict that tonight I'd keep them home - 39 degrees in a classroom is not pleasant & if they do go to school I doubt the teachers will be teaching lessons (unless their classrooms are air-conditioned).

Just checked the BoM's website & thankfully it looks like Wednesday will be the last day of silly hot for us here in the SE, with Tuesday to be the worst of it.

#7 aprilrain

Posted 03 December 2012 - 10:09 AM

Thanks. With all the 'send to school without doubt' threads am wondering what is wise.

I spent 10 years about 100km inland and it was always hotter in summer than Bris, but we never took days off for it. I think it was only about 35c though. We would wet our shirts/hair and didn't have water bottles in class and I don't remember it being an issue, even having to walk home. Dancing up and down on the parade ground in our bare feet laugh.gif

The 70's...sigh....think my blood was thinner then!

#8 PrincessPeach

Posted 03 December 2012 - 10:14 AM

Brisbane doesn't get this hot that often - actually we seem to rarely crack 34 degrees in summer of late!

#9 winkywonkeydonkey

Posted 03 December 2012 - 10:17 AM

I would send your dd. If things get too hot they will probably go to library or something too cool down( if it has aircon)  biggrin.gif  I remember going to school 40 degrees plus with no aircon or fans.
oh the sticky sweat all over the plastic chairs. and we werent allowed water bottles in the classroom!


#10 Julie3Girls

Posted 03 December 2012 - 11:43 AM

I'd probably be tempted to have a casual word with the teacher, just find out what they actually do with the kids when it gets that hot.

I know before our school had airconditioning in all the classrooms, on the occasional day when hit those sorts of temperatures, the classes without air con would usually be in the library, or the AV room.

If things seemed reasonable (Drinks allowed, one teacher I know would spray the kids with water, any possibility of being out of the heat), then I'd send her. If the teacher was more of the attitude of being perfectly happy to have them stay home, then I'd keep them home.

#11 ComradeBob

Posted 03 December 2012 - 11:49 AM

Urgh, 39 degrees in humid Brisbane. The worst day of my life was spent in Brisbane on a 37 degree day with about 90% humidity. If you can keep her home, I would.

#12 ~mouse~

Posted 03 December 2012 - 01:20 PM

I spoke to a couple of teachers at our school this morning. They'll be keeping the kids inside in the aircon for most of the day. They already allow drink bottles in the classroom, and I know they won't hesitate to use spray bottles of water and whatever they can think of to keep cool.

#13 akkiandmalli

Posted 03 December 2012 - 01:38 PM

last week in Melbourne we had 39c. it was horrid. our school called a hot day timetable ( kids kept inside). i think vic schools are different though most state schools have A/C and fans. the day was wasted in terms of work production.. children just did busy work so that they werent bored and plenty of water..

#14 TeaTimeTreat

Posted 03 December 2012 - 01:53 PM

DS is at kindy today and will be going tommorrow, they do water play outside before about 10.30/11.00 and then keep them inside in the AC after that, DS state school (in Brisbane) that he is going to in Feb has AC in all the classrooms?

Do they have fans in her classroom OP, those can help a bit.

#15 aprilrain

Posted 03 December 2012 - 04:26 PM

Thanks for all the replies. Her teacher is quite happy for them to be absent as only prep, small library and tiny computer room are A/C. It will just be 'busy' work tomorrow though she still plans to teach up until the end of school. We are near bushland too, and this is the sort of weather the firebugs seem to come out. Hot and smokey. Yuk! aannoyed.gif

#16 eboyd

Posted 03 December 2012 - 05:22 PM

I sent DS to school last week in Melbourne 39 degree day. He ended up with what I think was heat exhaustion and vomiting. Next day we kept him home to recover even though he was fine (school rules 24 hours without vomiting b4 they can return).

Next hot day I will be keeping him home!!

#17 aprilrain

Posted 03 December 2012 - 05:33 PM

This is what worries me. Easy to tell children to stay in the shade and not run around. Not so easy to make sure they do it. Some of these teachers don't look up to coping  in this heat themselves let alone chasing children around in it.

#18 Princess.cranky.pants

Posted 03 December 2012 - 05:50 PM

I'm sending my grade 2 child tomorrow. Never thought of keeping her home. And 2 year old is going to the Daycare mum.

There is no way DD would miss out on school because it's the last week of school and she doesn't want to miss out on the fun. lol

The teachers will look after the kids and keep them cool.

#19 Kalota

Posted 03 December 2012 - 06:04 PM

On a day last week it was 40 degrees at my school - the power went out and we had no air-con. It was awful. A few parents picked their kids up early which, as a teacher, I didn't mind at all. We didn't get much learning done at all that afternoon sad.gif (or so it felt, anyway!) I had no qualms with the parents who picked their kids up early as 40 degrees and no air-con was just so uncomfortable and horrid. Children weren't feeling well either, heat exhaustion is not nice.

ETA: We also don't have any shade in our playground due to building works. I sacrificed my lunchtime to keep the kids inside where it was mildly cooler!

Edited by Kalota, 03 December 2012 - 06:04 PM.


#20 Ritaroo

Posted 03 December 2012 - 06:54 PM

QUOTE (BetteBoop @ 03/12/2012, 09:45 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
As far as I know, they're just having fun at this time of year. None of her homework folders came home on Friday.


We have had strict instructions from higher powers that learning will still have to be taking place right up until the last day, even in prep.

#21 FreeRangeMum

Posted 03 December 2012 - 07:03 PM

My prep DD will be going (but her classroom is air conditioned!). I couldn't keep her home if I wanted to as its her last day (catholic school!!)

#22 BetteBoop

Posted 03 December 2012 - 07:08 PM

QUOTE (Mar81got @ 03/12/2012, 06:54 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
We have had strict instructions from higher powers that learning will still have to be taking place right up until the last day, even in prep.


Yes, I got her folders today. The teacher told me today that she'd just forgotten them.

DD is still having the day off tomorrow.

#23 2bundles

Posted 04 December 2012 - 05:19 AM

I spoke to DS' principal yesterday and she said their wont be any outside play and to bring drink bottles.

I asked if I should keep him home but she didn't think that was necessary.

Turns out he has vomited thismorning, so home he stays.

#24 jofisk

Posted 05 December 2012 - 11:39 PM

We had a 40 degree day yesterday here in Perth and we still have to send our kids to school.  DD2 is currently doing interm swimming, but in an outdoor pool just after lunch, so she came home burnt was told to take off her t-shirt and she didn't have time to put on sunscreen.  

We regularly get over 38 degrees here, but usually in Feb/March.  Most Perth schools are air-conditioned, but in DD2 class this year they couldn't use the air con, or the half school would be without power.  This took 10 weeks to sort out. They allowed the students to have water games in the undercover area, they were dry by the time school finished.





0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

11 things that will happen when you're breastfeeding

After having three children and various degrees of success feeding them all, there's one thing I can tell you: virtually nothing will go as planned.

Surgery for baby born with a tail

A baby born with a tail has had it removed after doctors feared the birth defect might cause long term damage to his lower body.

When 'skin to skin' becomes a family affair

An adorable photo of a little boy and his dad enjoying skin to skin contact with newborn twins is melting hearts everywhere.

35 hilariously weird 'top tips'

Who would have thunk it? We never knew there were so many uses for feminine hygiene products. 

Pregnancy skin woes: acne, dry skin, itchy skin

Here are some of the most common skin complaints in pregnancy and how to tackle them, face on.

Watch this fun dance class for babywearing dads

Is there anything sexier than a babywearing dad?

Parents, this is how to cut grapes to avoid choking

One mum has learnt a harrowing lesson about the best way to cut grapes to make it safe for toddlers and little kids to eat.

When your kids have totally different temperaments

Sometimes it has felt like whiplash parenting. She perches watchfully while I vacuum; he tries to climb on and go for a ride.

How do our stress levels influence our baby?

Since having my second baby a number of people have commented on how placid, content and settled he is and, similarly, many have commented on how this is a reflection of how I am with him.

Separation anxiety isn't just for kids

Despite its prevalence, most doctors tend to be reluctant to diagnose adult patients with separation anxiety.

A charm bracelet, a boy, and my beliefs questioned

I was staring at the face of my son, realising that my once steadfast decision to be open minded was quickly unravelling at the seams.

Why I'm so grateful for Hayden Panettiere's PND honesty

There are baby steps and giant leaps forward. But there are steps backwards, too. And, oh, how they can hurt your heart.

The heartbreaking story of little Moko

The mother of 3-year-old Moko Rangitoheriri said she should have picked up on the signs. {Warning: distressing content}

Kate Beckinsale and teen daughter recreate birth photo

Kate Beckinsale has recreated her daughter Lily's birth photo, 17 years after she was born.

The adult-size stroller you'll want to test drive

It's one of the biggest baby related purchases they will make, so it makes sense that parents-to-be get a chance to road test a stroller.

Pregnancy announcement shows the reality of IVF

It's a long way from baby booties or bump shots people have become accustomed to in social media pregnancy announcements.  

Soleil Moon Frye welcomes fourth baby

"Punky Brewster" is a mom again, for the fourth time. Soleil Moon Frye announced the birth of her baby boy, Story, on Instagram Wednesday.

Mum breastfeeds baby found abandoned on the street

A woman has been praised as a "beautiful mother" after breastfeeding a baby which had been abandoned at the side of a street. 

A birth with a difference: the 'natural caesarean'

We've shared stories of gentle caesareans before, but a new video shows a new option called a 'natural caesarean'.

Baby name inspiration by music genre

If you're all about the music, then you'll need a musical name for that baby. We've got all the lists for you by music genre.

Giving effective instructions to toddlers

One of the most common errors made by parents is in how they give instructions to their children.

 
Advertisement
 

Top 5 Articles

Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

The babies who are one in 70 million

Bethani Webb was excited to find out she was pregnant, but the first time mum did not realise she was carrying four babies not one.

Cafe offers breastfeeding mums a free cup of tea

A Sydney cafe is offering breastfeeding mums free cups of tea in a bid to show support for the right of women to nurse their babies wherever they choose.

To snip or not to snip? When the decision is not clear cut

Jamie Oliver, who considered a vasectomy, is to be a father again. A fellow dad reflects on his own decision 11 years ago

Doctors stunned by rare twins born almost six weeks apart

To everyone's surprise, Kristen Miller "kept doing better each day", keeping her second baby safe.

Baby book ideas for modern parents

Before my son was born I was given a lovely baby book full of blank pages waiting to be filled with weights and heights and first words.

The adorable smile of a baby seeing his mum clearly for the first time

There is no doubt seeing their child smile for the first time is an unforgettable moment for parents everywhere.

Mum tells how toddler 'nearly hung himself' in cot mishap

When Alison Johnson put her 18-month-old Caleb down for a nap, she had no reason to believe her son was in any danger.

Babies are still switched at birth? Yes, it can happen

All my panic and tears aside, my biggest question looking back is about the kind of security measures used in the maternity ward.

Doctors slammed for taking selfie with newborn

Everyone who visits a mum in hospital in the days following childbirth wants to get a photo with the new baby.

ergoPouch Twosie Sleepsuit for winter breastfeeding

Finally, there's a way to keep warm while breastfeeding through winter.

Health check: How long does sex 'normally' last?

What to do with this information? My advice would be to try not to think about it during the throes of passion.

When breastfeeding sucks: fixing common problems

From niplash to tight boobs, biting to milk supply issues, Pinky McKay looks at common breastfeeding issues and how to solve them.

10 things I've learnt in my first six months with twins

Six months on we're all still alive, and the more we get to know each other the easier the days become.

Mum's loving kiss leaves baby fighting for life

Kirsty Carrington thought nothing of giving her newborn son a kiss, little did she know it would leave the baby fighting for life.

When doing chores is your new 'me time'

After children, 'me time' looks a little different.

Get going: 14 travel strollers for families on the move

A stroller can make or break travelling with a baby or toddler. Here are 15 great single travel stroller options.

10 ways toddlers are terrific

It always pays to remind yourself of how terrific toddlers can be - they're little like this for such a short time

 

Vintage Toys

The toys of your childhood

Take a trip down memory lane with these vinage and retro toys that you may have had in your childhood or your parent's childhood.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.