Brighton schools are asking pupils to wear sportswear in hot weather

SCHOOLS in Brighton and Hove have made changes to their school day and uniform as the city braces for temperatures of up to 35C this week.

A yellow extreme heat warning is in effect across the county from today through the end of Tuesday, with the heatwave posing a potential threat to life.

A number of schools have opted to ditch uniforms or opt to close tomorrow and early Tuesday after a national emergency was declared across England due to the heatwave.

Schools across the city are asking students to put on sunscreen and bring a refillable water bottle so they can drink plenty of water throughout the day.

Portslade Aldridge Community Academy (PACA) closes at 12:30pm on Mondays and Tuesdays. The school has also canceled a planned trip to London and a walk across the South Downs for the first half of the week, to be replaced with a company day for pupils.

An “abridged version” of the sports day with early morning events will take place and end at 12:30pm. Students are advised to wear their sports gear with a hat and bring water and sunscreen.

Patcham High School remains open, but students are allowed to wear gym clothes Monday and Tuesday due to the heat. Rigorous activities are avoided during physical education classes and electric lighting is kept to a minimum to avoid hot temperatures in the classrooms.

Children at St Paul’s Primary School were encouraged to wear a sun hat and bring a water bottle to school, and to put on sunscreen before school.

Westdene Elementary School and Kindergarten students should be “dressed appropriately for the weather”, including wearing a sun hat, shorts instead of pants.

While Brunswick Primary School does not allow the wearing of athletic gear, it has stated that students can wear their “coolest uniform, including cropped socks instead of tights or leggings”. The play times take place indoors, physical education does not take place outside.

Downs Junior School students are encouraged to wear “loose, light-colored clothing” as well as sun hats to stay cool and protect themselves from the heat.

Fairlight Primary and Nursery School remains open, with students being urged to come to school “appropriately dressed” and to drink plenty of water during the day.

Elsewhere in Sussex, schools allowing children to wear sportswear tomorrow and Tuesday include:

  • Angmeringer school
  • Bourne Community College
  • Chichester High School
  • Eastbourne Academy
  • Durrington High School
  • Felpham Community College
  • Hailsham Community College
  • Littlehampton Academy
  • Oathhall Community College
  • Peacehaven Community School
  • St Robert Woodard Academy

The following schools in other parts of Sussex will be closed or have reduced hours for the first half of this week:

  • Bohunt School, Worthing; Closed Monday and Tuesday
  • Hazelwick School, Crawley; closed on Mondays
  • Imberhorne School, East Grinstead; closes at 1:20 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays
  • High School Steyning; Closed Monday and Tuesday
  • The Weald School, Billinghurst; closes at 1:30pm on Mondays and Tuesdays
  • Thomas Bennett Community College; Closed Monday and Tuesday

Temperatures in parts of Sussex are expected to hit 35C, with Brighton expecting a record day with highs of 33C on Tuesday.

Although the government has not ordered schools to close, they have been encouraged to take steps to ensure students are protected from the heat.

An Education Ministry spokeswoman said: “There are clear government guidelines to help school staff look after children in hot weather, including the use of ventilation, keeping children hydrated and avoiding vigorous physical activity for students.

“Individual school leaders are responsible for managing their own local circumstances, but we are not advising schools to close.”

Schools in Brighton and Hove will close for the summer holidays later this week. Brighton schools are asking pupils to wear sportswear in hot weather

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