Address the issue on wearing the hot formal uniforms in extreme heat of summer.
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The hot Queensland summer has exposed some serious problems for our children attending Chancellor State College Secondary Campus. Hot classrooms have created a very unpleasant learning environment for our children which has been compounded by the school enforcing a uniform policy whereby pupils are expected to wear a thick, formal school uniform which is completely impractical for the conditions. As a result, some pupils have been forced to leave school early often feeling nauseous and with headaches, tell-tale signs of the dangerous and sometimes life-threatening condition which is heat stroke. You can be sure that this situation is going to interfere with learning however, more importantly, heat stroke is a serious medical concern which has been known to kill. Be it that medical treatment is likely moments away whilst on the school premises, many pupils face a walk, cycle or scoot home in the heat whilst wearing an uncomfortably thick uniform. If or when a child collapses on their way home from school, it is a chance roll of the dice to assume somebody will be on hand to offer assistance.
It is understood that a program is in place to install air conditioning in ALL classrooms on the secondary campus and it is assumed that this program has been expedited as much as possible already. Whilst this program is still underway, we require the school to relax their policy on school uniforms with immediate effect, allowing pupils to wear lighter and more suitable sports clothing on warm days at their parent/carers discretion (this will naturally mean that pupils who don’t have sports as part of their weekly timetable will need to be allowed to purchase sports clothing from the uniform shop). We also want to see the process of replacing the current uniform for something lighter and better suited to the Queensland climate to begin immediately. It is understood that the current school uniform was introduced in 2006; it’s about time that modern, lighter and more breathable material options are explored.
It isn’t expected that the problem of hot classrooms will go away overnight however, we have a duty of care and should be doing everything in our power to ensure our children’s learning and safety isn’t being undermined by a poorly designed uniform or a policy that ignores the problem we are facing.
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