Keep cool this back to school

25.01.18 By
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HEATWAVES kill more Australians than any other extreme weather event, and young kids are most at risk.

With climate change turning up the heat, it’s time to prepare kids to head back to school.

Recent heatwaves saw much of Australia baking in prolonged 40+ degree heat. With summer far from over, there’ll undoubtedly be more to come.

Heatwaves are dangerous, killing more Australians than any other extreme weather events. Young school children fall into the ‘most at risk’ category. Following are some tips that parents, carers and teachers can use to keep children safe during heatwaves.

School student drinks from bubbler
Young school children are vulnerable to the effects of heatwaves.

Throughout the day

Drop offs/pickups

Schoolkids in assembly in summer uniformBe patient with students, as heat disrupts their ability to concentrate.

In the classroom

Recess & Lunch

Schoolkids sit in the shade in summer uniformEnsure children stay out of the sun as much as possible.


Check with your school, council or state education department for information on their heatwave response plan.

Remember: In an emergency, call triple 000 (106 for people with a hearing or speech impairment).