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

 

The popular baby name from the Rio Olympics

"With a pair of athletes who are not only successful, but seen as great role models – combined with a softer sound – it is like hitting the jackpot."

Toy stuck in baby's throat for two weeks

When Jude Atiga's baby son Laith was struggling to breathe the worried mum called an ambulance.

Mum awarded $20 million over birth power struggle with nurses

As a mother of three, Caroline Malatesta thought she knew what she was letting herself in for when it came to the birth of her fourth baby.

Win a Baby Jogger City Premier for Father's Day

To celebrate Father's Day, one lucky EB fan will win one of their own! Enter Now!

'There's a giant picture of BOOBS but I can not feed my child'

A mum was ushered out of an US department store's underwear section after discreetly breastfeeding her baby.

Why fatherhood scares many dads-to-be

Travis Bull vividly remembers discovering his partner was pregnant for the first time.

Free ticket offer

Pinky Mckay joins us again at the Essential Baby & Toddler Show presented by Blackmores with her expert baby settling advice. Register now for your free ticket.

Warning for pregnant women as flu-related deaths triple

A more than three-fold increase in flu-related deaths has sparked a plea for those with the flu to stay away from vulnerable people.

I'm trying to keep my child-free friends in my life, but it's tough

I tried to prove to my single friends that I was the same I'd always been. But marriage did change me - and motherhood has, too

For the festival lover in all of us

Pre-book & Save 50%. Get your tickets now for Kidtopia Festival. 7-9 October 2016 Parramatta Park, Sydney.

Too many parents still putting babies in unsafe bedding: study

A study found that a whopping 91 per cent of four-week-old babies had been placed in cots with unsafe bedding.

Mum's shock as toddler fat-shamed by internet trolls

When a mother uploaded a cute photograph of her 14-month old child online, she did not expect a swarm of internet trolls to write that her toddler was fat.

How an Aldi staff member made one exhausted mum's day

It was a simple act of kindness, but one that made an exhausted mother's day.

The most awww-worthy celeb baby pics of the week

It's been a pretty cute week on Instagram in terms of celebs relishing their babies.

When 'Just Do It' just doesn't cut it

When even Michelle Bridges admits to struggling with her exercise regime, it's time to accept that having small children can be a legitimate reason for exercise not happening.

What life is really like when you have five kids

Life is cute with one, manageable with three, but at times completely impossible with five.

When no one can pronounce your baby's name

In Wales it's a common name, but over here, it's cause for some confusion.

Dad shares horror tale after Roomba's run-in with dog poop

It's the poop story that's been shared hundreds of thousands of times around the world.

How a homemade wheelchair is giving baby Evelyn freedom

Like all one-year-olds, Evelyn Moore is keen to get moving and explore the world around her. But a battle with aggressive cancer left the little girl paralysed from the waist down.

Single to double pram that folds with seat attached

A pram is a large purchase, and you only want to buy once.

Mum-to-be surprises husband with big news in joy-filled photoshoot

When Bri Dow learnt that she was expecting, she immediately knew she wanted to break the news to her husband Brandon in a special way.

Blake Lively: 'Post-pregnancy slim down pressure is so unfair'

Blake Lively has urged women not to feel pressured to lose weight after pregnancy.

 
Advertisement
 

Top 5 Articles

Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

For the festival lover in all of us

Pre-book & Save 50%. Get your tickets now for Kidtopia Festival. 7-9 October 2016 Parramatta Park, Sydney.

Why drinking water can be deadly for babies

H2O is one of the necessities of life, but for babies a seemingly harmless amount of water can be fatal.

5 ways having a baby is different when you have older children

So much parenting advice is geared towards having your first baby, but what's it like having a baby when you already have children?

You can now make your own plush Falkor

Fans of The NeverEnding Story – of which there are certainly plenty – went crazy for these plush Falkors when they first went on sale last year.

Baby steps

10 things that will actually happen after having a baby

I thought I had prepared myself for motherhood. Then my baby girl arrived and knocked everything flat.

Having a baby: expectations vs reality

People love to warn you about what to expect when having a baby, but they can be way off when it comes to the reality.

Are we having fun yet? Thinking positively as a parent

Motherhood is wonderful ... except when it sucks.

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.

When breastfeeding doesn't go with the flow

Breast is best, except when it's not. And in our case, it most definitely wasn't.

'If you don't vaccinate your kids you're a bloody idiot'

The photos are heartbreaking and almost too difficult to look at, but Kayley Burke is begging other parents to take notice.

Why pregnant women should eat chocolate

In news that will make expectant mums jump for joy - and reach for a block of Cadbury - scientists have revealed chocolate could provide health benefits during pregnancy.

The baby born with an incredible head of hair

If you're in any way challenged in the follicle department, prepare to feel a jolt of envy - at a two-month-old baby.

The push for Medicare to fund lactation consultants

While meeting with a lactation consultant can make an enormous difference to a new mother, it's not a service that is available through the public health system.

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.

Three truths about C-section mums

Lately I've been thinking about the caesarean stories and the brave women who birth their children with strength and beauty.

Help! My baby will only sleep in my arms

It's stressful to be the one who is holding your baby most of the day, but it's even more stressful to wonder, 'am I doing something wrong? Or am I creating bad habits?'

 

ENTER NOW

Win one of two Father's Day Gift Packs

Sign up to receive our new Essential Kids announcements emails for a chance to win.

 
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.