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Extreme Heat

May 31, 2011

The weather for the next couple of days is going to be VERY hot with high humidexes well over 30.  We are taking precautionary measures at the school to ensure that students and staff are protected from heat-related discomforts and illnesses.  Today’s UV index is projected at 10 by midday.  Recesses will be delayed by 5-10 minutes so that we balance the children’s need to have an active break with the reduction of the exposure to the sun and heat.  Outdoor sports practices are cancelled today as well.  Classrooms are equipped with air conditioning with the exception of one, and that class will relocate to another cooler classroom.

Please ensure that your children are well-equipped for the weather:

  • light-coloured, loose-fitting clothing
  • hats
  • sunglasses
  • sunscreen
  • water bottles

Signs of heat exhaustion are:

  • heavy sweating
  • paleness
  • muscle cramps
  • fatigue
  • weakness
  • dizziness
  • headache
  • nausea/vomiting
  • fainting

The skin may be cool and moist. The person’s pulse rate will be fast and weak, and breathing will be fast and shallow. If heat exhaustion is untreated, it may progress to heat stroke which is a medical emergency.

Signs of heat stroke are:

  • high body temperature
  • absence of sweating
  • red, flushed, hot, dry skin
  • rapid pulse
  • difficulty breathing
  • erratic behaviour
  • confusion
  • agitation
  • disorientation
  • seizures

Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Mrs. Paynter


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  1. Anita permalink

    Hi Ms. Paynter,

    I have been meaning to say so for some time now but haven’t gotten around to it….your school blog posts have been very much appreciated throughout the course of the school year. You’ve done a great job in keeping us posted on what’s going on at school!

    With the school year soon coming to an end, have a great summer!


    Anita Harris

  2. Ms. Harris,
    Thank you for your supportive comments! Our goal with the blog was to accomplish exactly as you said – keeping our community posted quickly with up-to-the-minute information (now I sound like a news network!) that is relevant and timely. I also like the relaxed, more informal tone to a blog, as well as the flexibility of sharing a variety of information with families and students.
    I wish you all the best as well as we roll into our summer holidays!
    ~Mrs. Paynter

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