Primary school 'forces children to wear jumpers in the heat'

Paul, Daisy and Jack Knock

Paul, Daisy and Jack Knock

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A father claims a Witham primary school is forcing children to wear jumpers in the scorching heat to stop the risk of sunburn.

Dad-of-three Paul Knock, of Calamint Road, Witham, criticised the policy at Powers Hall Infant School, which he said asks for every child to wear long-sleeved tops, jumpers or cardigans so they do not burn their arms in the sun.

IT manager Mr Knock, whose son Jack, four, and Daisy, five, attends the infant school in Spa Road, blasted the rule as “disgusting and cruel”.

The 35-year-old noticed most children were wearing jumpers in the recent hot weather when he and his wife Claire were invited to a family fun day.

See this week's Braintree and Witham Times for the full story.

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10:37am Thu 12 Jun 14

pknock says...

Hi,

I would like to point out this was raised back in May, before the holidays and before their policy was changed. It was because Daisy and Jack came home upset from having to wear jumpers, in the blistering heat even though they have told the teachers that they have lotion on. Overheating or heatstroke was my main concern and I'm glad now that the school has seen sense and changed their policy.

Paul
Hi, I would like to point out this was raised back in May, before the holidays and before their policy was changed. It was because Daisy and Jack came home upset from having to wear jumpers, in the blistering heat even though they have told the teachers that they have lotion on. Overheating or heatstroke was my main concern and I'm glad now that the school has seen sense and changed their policy. Paul pknock
  • Score: 9

12:08pm Thu 12 Jun 14

pierre-pierre says...

Paul Knock is not fit to be a parent

Sun tan lotion is not a fit solution, you would have to use a complete package during the course of a day,and who would keep applying it.

"criticised the policy at Powers Hall Infant School, which he said asks for every child to wear long-sleeved tops, jumpers or cardigans so they do not burn their arms in the sun.

the school stipulate long sleeve cover, not jumpers. Skin cancers kill a lot of people, and sometimes not until ten years later
Paul Knock is not fit to be a parent Sun tan lotion is not a fit solution, you would have to use a complete package during the course of a day,and who would keep applying it. "criticised the policy at Powers Hall Infant School, which he said asks for every child to wear long-sleeved tops, jumpers or cardigans so they do not burn their arms in the sun. the school stipulate long sleeve cover, not jumpers. Skin cancers kill a lot of people, and sometimes not until ten years later pierre-pierre
  • Score: -16

1:03pm Thu 12 Jun 14

pknock says...

The Sun lotion is an all day eight hour protection, 50+ and is waterproof.

Anyway, my issue with the school was that they had to wear jumpers. We bought summer coats in for them to wear, but were forced to wear jumpers. Even if we didn't send them to school with a jumper, they would find a jumper for them to wear. This puts younger children at risk from heat stroke or a coma as young children cannot regulate their body temperature.
The Sun lotion is an all day eight hour protection, 50+ and is waterproof. Anyway, my issue with the school was that they had to wear jumpers. We bought summer coats in for them to wear, but were forced to wear jumpers. Even if we didn't send them to school with a jumper, they would find a jumper for them to wear. This puts younger children at risk from heat stroke or a coma as young children cannot regulate their body temperature. pknock
  • Score: 7

1:16pm Thu 12 Jun 14

keith_l says...

Pierre, rather than blasting the father regarding his parenting skills, why not have a look at some of the journalistic issues ....

The article is biassed, one sided, incomplete and out of date.

The school have not commented, probably because they have not been given the chance. The father made the first comment to complete the story and say that as a result of his intgervention the policy was chnaged. Why was this not mentioned by BWT?

Finally, we are talking about something at least three weeks ago, and potentially up to six (it was "back in May" and the last week of May was half term).
Pierre, rather than blasting the father regarding his parenting skills, why not have a look at some of the journalistic issues .... The article is biassed, one sided, incomplete and out of date. The school have not commented, probably because they have not been given the chance. The father made the first comment to complete the story and say that as a result of his intgervention the policy was chnaged. Why was this not mentioned by BWT? Finally, we are talking about something at least three weeks ago, and potentially up to six (it was "back in May" and the last week of May was half term). keith_l
  • Score: 7

2:49pm Thu 12 Jun 14

pknock says...

Thanks Keith.

If you read the full article, then it makes much more sense. This article at the moment gives too little information to actually say what has happened.
Thanks Keith. If you read the full article, then it makes much more sense. This article at the moment gives too little information to actually say what has happened. pknock
  • Score: 3

4:49pm Thu 12 Jun 14

pierre-pierre says...

I have read the full article, you attended the fun day on May 20th, and only recently complained.

The school stick by their rule and say full length sleeve, if you send your school with a jumper, they will have to wear that.

Suggest you do some research on factor 50 waterproof 8 hour protection. the experts say that it should be redone at half that time.
I have read the full article, you attended the fun day on May 20th, and only recently complained. The school stick by their rule and say full length sleeve, if you send your school with a jumper, they will have to wear that. Suggest you do some research on factor 50 waterproof 8 hour protection. the experts say that it should be redone at half that time. pierre-pierre
  • Score: -3

12:02am Fri 13 Jun 14

pknock says...

I complained on the 20th during the fun day and asked for someone to contact me. On the 22nd I sent an email in as I had not had a reply and went to the paper the following day as nobody at the school got back to me.

As I said above and in the paper, my concern was them overheating and developing heat stroke. They went to school with their light summer coats as the school stipulated, but even though they had their coats, they came out with jumpers, even though we didn't send them with one, they found one. On speaking to a medical expert, they said this was very dangerous which is why I took the action I did.

Sun cream is applied as a precaution not a solution. I totally understand the risks and that children's skin needs to be protected, which is why I would have been happier if they were allowed to wear their light coats rather than their jumpers. That was the whole point.

The main thing is that the school has changed their policy and have put steps in place that allows the children to play safely without the risk of heat stroke and sun burn.
I complained on the 20th during the fun day and asked for someone to contact me. On the 22nd I sent an email in as I had not had a reply and went to the paper the following day as nobody at the school got back to me. As I said above and in the paper, my concern was them overheating and developing heat stroke. They went to school with their light summer coats as the school stipulated, but even though they had their coats, they came out with jumpers, even though we didn't send them with one, they found one. On speaking to a medical expert, they said this was very dangerous which is why I took the action I did. Sun cream is applied as a precaution not a solution. I totally understand the risks and that children's skin needs to be protected, which is why I would have been happier if they were allowed to wear their light coats rather than their jumpers. That was the whole point. The main thing is that the school has changed their policy and have put steps in place that allows the children to play safely without the risk of heat stroke and sun burn. pknock
  • Score: 1

11:00am Fri 13 Jun 14

Rose77 says...

Pierre-pierre your insult to the father of these children is disgusting.

I am a parent of a young child of school age. If she overheats she develops a sudden severe temperature and vomiting quickly follows. It is very distressing for her. Light clothing is required during the summer months, along with hats etc. Wearing jumpers is ridiculous, long sleeved cotton tops should be incorporated into the school uniform policy if the school wants to implement such measures.

The application of sunscreen is important, I dispute whether factor 50 is better than factor 30, indeed it is very difficult to buy factor 50 in Australia, but Australian children are encouraged to put it on throughout the day. Only fair skinned children at my child's school are allowed to take sunscreen in for the purpose of reapplication throughout the day.

I think common sense should suggest that schools provide outdoor shaded areas, in the event they don't have that provision and/or they feel the sun index rating is too high, they should make provision for indoor play. Putting children in jumpers is quite frankly ridiculous and dangerous to the health and wellbeing.
Pierre-pierre your insult to the father of these children is disgusting. I am a parent of a young child of school age. If she overheats she develops a sudden severe temperature and vomiting quickly follows. It is very distressing for her. Light clothing is required during the summer months, along with hats etc. Wearing jumpers is ridiculous, long sleeved cotton tops should be incorporated into the school uniform policy if the school wants to implement such measures. The application of sunscreen is important, I dispute whether factor 50 is better than factor 30, indeed it is very difficult to buy factor 50 in Australia, but Australian children are encouraged to put it on throughout the day. Only fair skinned children at my child's school are allowed to take sunscreen in for the purpose of reapplication throughout the day. I think common sense should suggest that schools provide outdoor shaded areas, in the event they don't have that provision and/or they feel the sun index rating is too high, they should make provision for indoor play. Putting children in jumpers is quite frankly ridiculous and dangerous to the health and wellbeing. Rose77
  • Score: 6

11:14am Fri 13 Jun 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

Re Rose 77's comments:

How refreshing to hear the sensible voice of reason.
Re Rose 77's comments: How refreshing to hear the sensible voice of reason. OMPITA [Intl]
  • Score: 2

7:44pm Fri 13 Jun 14

/@|_|@\ says...

This is England we're talking about, right?

In May?

Holy mackerel - I do believe this might be the thing to convince me of global warming. Good grief, when you have to wear SPF 50+ and long sleeves to counteract the effects of a bright yellow ball that previously was pretty-much a myth in my youth! What IS the world coming to? And, obviously, it is (here comes that word again) risible to force children to wear a wooly jumper or other long-sleeved garment in the sun. There are, I believe, other lighter materials that often may be found in the construction of long sleeved garments.

Cotton comes to mind ... ? To quote:" ... the policy at Powers Hall Infant School, which he said asks for every child to wear long-sleeved tops".

D'oh.
This is England we're talking about, right? In May? Holy mackerel - I do believe this might be the thing to convince me of global warming. Good grief, when you have to wear SPF 50+ and long sleeves to counteract the effects of a bright yellow ball that previously was pretty-much a myth in my youth! What IS the world coming to? And, obviously, it is (here comes that word again) risible to force children to wear a wooly jumper or other long-sleeved garment in the sun. There are, I believe, other lighter materials that often may be found in the construction of long sleeved garments. Cotton comes to mind ... ? To quote:" ... the policy at Powers Hall Infant School, which he said asks for every child to wear long-sleeved tops". D'oh. /@|_|@\
  • Score: 0

1:16pm Sat 14 Jun 14

pierre-pierre says...

It was hot in May and I saw several adults who had to much and were beetroot coloured, but were still out in the sun the following day
It was hot in May and I saw several adults who had to much and were beetroot coloured, but were still out in the sun the following day pierre-pierre
  • Score: -1

4:55pm Sat 14 Jun 14

/@|_|@\ says...

That's the thing about the Brits: we're so starved of sunshine that when it does come out we've little experience but a boatload of greed.

Where I live the motto is "Endless summer" and we're inundated with Brits -- both tourists and émigrés and can tell one from a mile off. They're the ones with beet red skin, a marked overbite of NHS teeth, dark socks and sandals and nothing on their bald pate! :-P
That's the thing about the Brits: we're so starved of sunshine that when it does come out we've little experience but a boatload of greed. Where I live the motto is "Endless summer" and we're inundated with Brits -- both tourists and émigrés and can tell one from a mile off. They're the ones with beet red skin, a marked overbite of NHS teeth, dark socks and sandals and nothing on their bald pate! :-P /@|_|@\
  • Score: -1

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