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to be cross with school for sending primary kids out at lunchtime in heat yesterday

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busyhouseof8 Tue 28-Jun-11 12:29:25

So, it was 33 dgrees in this part of Essex yesterday. When I picked up my 9yo DS from school yesterday he had heat rash everywhere and was really uncomfortable and distresed.

AIBU to think that the school was wrong to insist the kids went out to play at 12.30 in that heat - albeit that they had hats and sunscreen. There is very little shade in their playground. Every year the advice on the telly is to avoid the sun in the middle of the day - the teachers stayed inside!

Contemplating making a fuss with the headmistress, so please let me know if I should wind my neck in....

LadyWithNoManors Tue 28-Jun-11 12:32:09

My DS was also out at break and lunch time. I would have thought that most schools would have.
You can't expect them to be kept in because it's hot.

LIZS Tue 28-Jun-11 12:33:47

yabu if they had hats and sunscreen and access to water. Kids are suffering through lack of vitamin d now beciasue they don't get enough sunlight. A more constructive way to query it would be to ask if pta could fund a gazebo or tow to provide some shade.

Nixea Tue 28-Jun-11 12:33:52

I think I'd have been more annoyed if they'd have kept them inside all day because it was hot thb. You said they all had suncream and hats so I'm not too sure I see the issue.

upahill Tue 28-Jun-11 12:34:24

No it is not wrong.
Don't complain.
Just make sure your child has sun screen on when you send them to school on hot days and also put extra drinking water in their bag if they don't do water bottles at school.
If they do water bottles tell your son to make sure he has plenty to drink.

onehellofaride Tue 28-Jun-11 12:34:52

maybe it would be a good idea to gently suggest to the school that they have an alternative for the children to stay inside instead of being made to go outside as your DS can't be the only child to have suffered out in the heat yesterday. Would your DS have stayed inside if it was an option?

allhailtheaubergine Tue 28-Jun-11 12:35:07

Oh suck it up.


It's 40 + degrees here and we still go outside every day.

<rolls eyes>

DELHI Tue 28-Jun-11 12:35:23

sometimes I feel sorry for teachers - yes, I do! Whatever they do, someone complains. YABU

CMOTdibbler Tue 28-Jun-11 12:35:38

If theres no shade, then perhaps you could suggest that you would help the pta fundraise to install a shade - one of those sail things perhaps ?

savoycabbage Tue 28-Jun-11 12:35:52

Yes yabu.

worraliberty Tue 28-Jun-11 12:37:00

Dear God it makes me wonder how we survived through the hot summers in the 70s hmm

It's only sunshine/heat...your child had a hat on, sun cream and access to water!

upahill Tue 28-Jun-11 12:38:09

I like that idea about getting a sun shade for the school.
Are you involved in the PTA, could you do some fund raising and help them get one.
Especially if you want your child to benefit from something like that.

I must admit I'm with Delhi, some one is always moaning to the teachers about something and they can't win

Shanghaidiva Tue 28-Jun-11 12:38:47

35+ here from May to September and kids are outside. Provided they are wearing hats and have access to water, not a problem imo. Our school library is also open at break and lunch times as the heat can be quite exhausting for the younger children (they start at 2 years at dc's school).

Pinkjenny Tue 28-Jun-11 12:39:08

I am completely neurotic and sun-phobic after a bout of sunstroke. And I even I think YABU.

worraliberty Tue 28-Jun-11 12:39:28

Actually, my 8yr old went on to do an hour's football practice after school in the heat.

He looked like a little sweaty faced tomato by the end of it and had great fun grin

CQrrrnee Tue 28-Jun-11 12:39:42

YABU and precious

lucykate Tue 28-Jun-11 12:39:58

oh fgs!, this is the uk. one hot day and you're up in arms about it.

wind your neck in wink

Sidge Tue 28-Jun-11 12:42:13

YABU a bit of fresh air (even if humid) is better than being indoors all day.

The school yard/playground should have some shaded areas though.

Better to make a suggestion re shaded areas than to complain about letting them out to play.

pantsandpup Tue 28-Jun-11 12:44:59

It would have been daft to have kept them in! It would have been boiling for them all day in the school too.

My dd was fine! She's very fair and not quite 5 yet. She had suncream on, sunhat and her school encourage them to take in sunglasses too. They do have a shady area though, that would be my only complaint at your sons school tbh.

And then she ran round the park for an hour with her friends after school.

Teachermumof3 Tue 28-Jun-11 12:47:26

Oh, for goodness sakes-we can't win, can we!? Had we kept them in during the glorious sunshine (which, let's face it-doesn't happen too often)-someone would probably have complained about that, too. When it snowed-people complained that their children's school closed, other people complained that theirs opened!


BettySwollocksandaCrustyRack Tue 28-Jun-11 13:19:39

Maybe the school had run out of cotton wool hmm

Seriously, it is ludicrous to expect school to keep kids in just coz it's hot!

Asinine Tue 28-Jun-11 13:22:41

Seems there is market for school parasols grin

MrsDaffodill Tue 28-Jun-11 13:25:21


Tee2072 Tue 28-Jun-11 13:25:24

Oh FFS. It's sunshine, it's good for you, with the proper protection.

Yes. YAB very very very U.

LindyHemming Tue 28-Jun-11 13:26:20

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