Ventilation / Temperature
We have been approached by some parents about the temperature in school at the moment, with some expressing concerns that children are cold in class.
When planning to open to all pupils earlier this month, the guidance we were given to reduce the likelihood of virus transmission requires that we ensure there is good ventilation in school:
- Department for Education: Once the school is in operation, it is important to ensure good ventilation and maximising this wherever possible, for example, opening windows and propping open doors.
- Nottinghamshire County Council (NCC) risk assessments for schools: When working inside, pupils should be in groups, in well ventilated areas (e.g. with windows / outside doors open)
- Health and Safety Executive: Good ventilation can help reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus […] Where possible, consider ways to maintain and increase the supply of fresh air, for example, by opening windows and doors (unless fire doors).
This advice for schools remains in place today and the Health and Safety Executive are currently contacting schools to check all advice and measures suggested to reduce the spread of coronavirus are being effectively and consistently employed.
As the temperature drops, all schools will have to find ways to ensure classrooms are well ventilated, but also at a comfortable temperature that allows children to work and learn effectively. Our new heating system should be fully commissioned and handed over in the very near future, which may help, and we have contacted the H&S team at NCC for further guidance.
In the meantime, please keep an eye on the weather and ensure your child has an extra layer or two on chilly days. We are following this up as a matter of urgency and will update you asap.
Please contact us if you have any questions.