Burnside Primary School and Nursery
Temperatures are forecast to be very high on Monday and Tuesday next week. The government expects schools to remain open with all pupils attending school in person. Nursery, main school, childcare (before and after-school), and specialist clubs are all expected to be open as usual. We have reviewed and considered advice from the government, talked to governors and staff and preparations taken include:
- flexibility for teachers to move classes for periods of time to cooler parts of the school, for example, outside in shade, or use of the school hall.
- no active PE lessons will take place on Monday or Tuesday.
- any combination of indoor play and/or short periods outside for morning and lunch breaks, depending on the weather and temperature.
- windows open safely in all classrooms, internal doors and external classroom doors to remain open, to maximise air flow through the building.
- pupils are able to drink water freely during the day, including during lessons.
- summer school uniform matches warm weather conditions and should be worn. Polo style t-shirts can be relaxed to any plain white or red t-shirts if families wish. If pupils do not already own or wear school style shorts, any plain grey or black shorts may also be worn for more flexibility.
Schools are unique. Each school operates in different circumstances. Some schools may partially close, depending on their individual circumstances, approach and attitudes to risk. We mitigate risks, remain flexible and intend to operate as normal. If any of the classrooms reach an unsafe temperature or if any children struggle and become unwell with the heat we will contact those families directly.
If parents choose to keep children at home due to the heat then this is likely to be marked as an unauthorised absence. However, in a small number of cases, if there is an underlying medical condition, we may authorise absence on a case by case basis.