Too hot to learn – why Australian schools need a national policy on coping with heatwaves

23 February 2017

Many parts of Australia have been experiencing a long-running heatwave, with temperatures soaring above 40 degrees in some areas. So what impact is this having on schools? And is it time for the government to roll out a national policy on heat protection?

Research shows that extreme heat can result in physical (cardiovascular and thermoregulation), cognitive (acquiring and retaining information) and emotional difficulties (motivation and negative feelings towards set tasks). And let’s not forget ruined school lunches!

Currently, the main policy in place to protect students from outdoor weather extremes is the Cancer Council’s SunSmart program.

Read the full article on The Conversation.

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Brendon Hyndman, 2017, Too hot to learn – why Australian schools need a national policy on coping with heatwaves, The Conversation, viewed 28 March 2017, <http://apo.org.au/node/73936>.

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