Supporting students during hot weather

During hot weather there are a variety of measures that can be used to support students and staff.

The range of flexible approaches to normal school practices that can assist in hot weather includes:

  • Rotating class use of air-conditioned facilities where available.
  • Varying normal teaching programs through the use of shady and cool outdoor facilities.
  • Encouraging students to drink water and allowing drink bottles in the classroom.
  • Altering timetables or programs to avoid physical activity or the use of equipment that may generate heat.
  • Postponing sporting or physical education activities that might stress students or expose them unnecessarily to the sun.
  • Using fans or other devices in an appropriate way to remain cool.
  • Enforcing school policy for playground or other outdoor activities, e.g., "No hat, play in the shade".

Encouraging students to drink water

Parents can help by:

  • Sending their children to school with a water bottle (it can be a good idea to freeze the water overnight so it's nice and cold the next day),
  • Packing a hat in your child's school bag, and
  • Applying sunscreen before they head off to school.


The NSW Health Beat the Heat website includes information on how to prepare for and stay healthy in the heat, how to recognise and treat heat related illness, and how to care for people who are a risk of heat-related illness.


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