Heat wave at school: measures to protect children from the heat

A heat wave hits the country. Even a heat wave is hitting some parts of the country. Météo-France put 12 departments on high alert for Friday 17 June. in the affected areas, “Parents who want to and who can do so will be able to keep their children at home and not send them to school or college.”, refers on its website to the Ministry of National Education. Except “Potential closure decisions taken by provincial authorities, schools and institutions to maintain student reception.”, says the ministry. The departments subject to the Red Vigil are: Tarn, Haute-Garonne, Gers, Tarn-et-Garonne, Lot-et-Garonne, Landes, Gironde, Charente, Charente-Maritime, Deux-Sèvres, Vienne and Vendée.

National Education has sent recommendations to school principals and heads of institutions to reduce the effects of heat on the health of students and staff. Here are the basics of the required procedures posted on their site.

Optimal use of space

Recipients should identify the places most exposed to sunlight and “Adaptation of organization and use of spaces” After this show. Where possible, students should be accommodated “In places protected from heat”. National education cites as examples “Interfaces that are less exposed or protected” where is the Cultivated and covered areas.

Curtains should be in the rooms “Closed when the facade is sunny”.

Windows should not be open all the time. Air can be renewed “short opening”And the i.e. “between five and ten minutes”.

if possible, Windows open at night It can even be expected.

If the rooms used for her mechanical ventilationthey must “Guarantee of good air renewal”in particular by activating Night Ventilation Mode.

parental awareness

Parents should be aware “For the necessity of adapting the students’ clothes, and providing hats and sunglasses” As well as using, before the start of the cycle days, from “sun ointment”.

Special supervision for students

In school, students must “drink regularly” They are invited to Wet their skin.

Physical activities are reduced, and trips are banned “at the hottest time”.

Lists provided by school canteens should not be included “Foods that are too fatty or too sweet”.

Teachers must wear Particular vigilance towards persons and students known to have respiratory illnesses or disabilities.

When taking medicationthey must “Check storage methods and side effects by asking for the opinion of national education doctors and nurses”.

The Signs of deteriorating health (extreme weakness, extreme tiredness, dizziness, lightheadedness, impaired consciousness, nausea, vomiting, muscle cramps, etc.)And the can reveal “sunstroke” Assuming a medical reaction.

Instructions for hiking outdoors

School outings in hot weather are not encouraged. School administrators must “Assessing the opportunity to maintain, according to its nature and circumstances, school picnics, group or festive events, with respect to the risk of exposure to heat, particularly for younger and more vulnerable students”.

When organizing trips, the following precautions must be observed:

  • avoiding prolonged exposure to the sun (walking, physical and sports activities, etc.);
  • ensuring that students wear appropriate clothing (hat, loose-fitting, light and light-colored clothing, covering exposed parts of the skin, etc.);
  • Drink plenty of undistilled water
  • eat enough food, avoiding too fatty or sweet foods;
  • Use plenty of sunscreen with a high SPF.

Baccalaureate and patents: exams do not cancel

The baccalaureate and college certificate exams are not cancelled. The recommendations mentioned here must be implemented. The rooms in which the tests are carried out must be protected from heat. Applicants must have Providing drinking water and/or owning the right To leave the room to quench your thirst.

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