students can stay at home

While 12 departments are placed under heat wave red vigilance by Météo France, the Ministry of National Education has announced new measures in schools and educational institutions: parents can keep their children at home (in these departments) from Friday 17 June.

Can children stay at home during a heat wave?

Météo France just posted 12 departments alert “red heat wave”These are the departments of Tarn, Haute-Garonne, Gers, Tarn-et-Garonne, Lot-et-Garonne, Landes, Gironde, Charente, Charente-Maritime, Deux-Sèvres, Vienne and Vendée. “In these departments, because of the very high temperatures, parents who want and are able to, can keep their children at home tomorrow Friday and not send them to school or university.” specifies the Ministry of National Education in a press release dated June 16. The departmental authorities can decide on a case-by-case basis to close schools or educational institutions, otherwise the reception of pupils will be maintained. “Only low-intensity activities are allowed,” recalled the government, which announced its recommendations early this week on measures to be taken to prevent the risk of heat waves in schools, including for high school students taking the exams. refuel in the heat.

What recommendations at school during a heat wave?

  • School principals are encouraged to raising awareness among parents of the need to change students’ clothing in extreme heat : Provide caps and sunglasses, and apply sunscreen before school if necessary.
  • Drink regularly and wet your skin.
  • Reduce physical activity and avoid trips during the hottest hours.
  • Avoid foods that are too fatty or too sweet to prevent dehydration.
  • Pay attention to the storage conditions of food.
  • Particular attention should be paid to people and students who are known to be carriers of respiratory pathologies or to be disabled. If you are taking medications, check storage methods and side effects by seeking advice from National Education doctors and nurses.
  • You should also be on the lookout for signs of deterioration in your health. (major weakness, great fatigue, dizziness, lightheadedness, decreased consciousness, nausea, vomiting, muscle cramps, etc.) and to make personnel aware of the identification of possible conditions and the prevention and reporting measures to be taken. implemented.

Heat wave and school trips: what precautions for outdoor trips?

It is recommended to avoid prolonged exposure to the sun (walks, physical and sporting activities, etc.), to wear clothes adapted to the heat (hat, loose, light, light-colored clothes, which cover the exposed areas of the skin cover, etc. .), to drink regularly and abundantly, avoid sugary drinks and prefer non-ice cold water. Also avoid fatty and sugary foods, use sunscreen with a high protection factor. Finally, if you go to tents for exploration, make sure they are shaded and that the students don’t stay there during very hot weather.

What to do in case of heat stroke during the baccalaureate exam?

The Ministry of National Education recalls: the signals that should warn of a heat wave and heat stroke if: great weakness; great fatigue; dizziness, lightheadedness, decreased consciousness; nausea, vomiting; muscle cramps; high body temperature; thirst and headache. If you are in the presence of a person who makes incoherent comments, loses his balance, loses consciousness, he can become a victim of heat stroke. It is then necessary to act quickly, efficiently and to immediately call for medical help (SAMU 15)” inform the ministry. Also remember to place the person in the shade or cool place, sprinkle the person with fresh water, ventilate and offer small amounts of water if the person is conscious.

School directors must respect the recommendations while ensuring the smooth running of the tests, including ensuring that research areas remain protected from heat. Candidates must have drinking water available or may leave the room to quench their thirst. Spaces less exposed to heat are preferred to accommodate students (less exposed or protected facades, green and covered spaces, etc.). The blinds and shutters should be closed when exposed to the sun and the windows should be closed. †The air change can be obtained by a short opening (between five and ten minutes)” indicates the ministry that recommends cooling the rooms as much as possible at night. Finally, it is advisable to use mechanical ventilation ensure a good air exchange and activate the nighttime over-ventilation mode† It is also possible to use the air-conditioned rooms as an escape room.

The Heatwave info service telephone platform has been activated from the first heat delivery. It informs you on 0 800 06 66 66 (free calls from a landline number), every day from 9am to 7pm.

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