Return of the “Remote” option to the list of anti-hot weather solutions

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Experts, educators and parents expressed their hope for an initiative by the Ministry to move to distance education through the Madrasati platform, which has become an icon of success in the Corona pandemic. The speakers attributed the proposed “Okaz” to the intense summer heat and its potential danger to the safety of male and female students. Dr. Hamdi Al-Ruwaithi said: “When it comes to student health, his health is a priority, especially since the alternative is distance education through my school platform, which is a unique success story praised by the world during the Corona pandemic crisis.” This parallel option should not be neglected, and it should be done constantly to facilitate reference. Teachers, students and parents have gained experience in dealing with this type of education and the time is appropriate to activate this distance education in areas that record high temperatures.

Dr. Ibrahim Al-Olayan at King Saud University believes that due to the increase in the number of study days, a large part of the third semester is accompanied by a rise in temperatures, and it is important to take this into account, and the third semester can have reduced content, and fewer classes, to leave students early, The Madrasati platform can be used in some courses, but the transition to distance education completely is not an appropriate option, as the face-to-face education is more effective.

On the other hand, Dr. Maryam bint Abdullah Khairy (mother of two students in the elementary and middle school) refuses the option of distance education and says: “I refuse to return to distance education and I hope that in-person education will continue until the end of the school year.”

Regarding the health aspect of male and female students, the Executive Director of School Health Programs at the Eastern Health Cluster, Dr. Shatha Al-Zuhair, said that students may feel tired and exhausted as a result of high temperatures, in addition to the effort that is made with studying and attending return, during the summer the students, staff and the school community are more At risk of health problems, there can be heat-related illnesses or medical conditions exacerbated, and health risks are greater when high temperatures are associated with increased humidity. In the normal situation, when the air temperature rises, the body cools itself by sweating, but when the weather is hot And the humidity is high, the sweat does not evaporate quickly, so the body loses its cooling property. Students may be exposed to different degrees of harm resulting from high temperatures, heat stress, and sunstroke.

How do students resist the repercussions of hot tin?

Dr. Shatha Al-Zuhair reviewed some factors that reduce the exposure of male and female students and staff to heat stress, the first of which are: intensifying awareness, suspending outdoor school or sports activities, and if outdoor activity must be done, care must be taken to wear a wide-brimmed hat, use sunglasses, and wear clothes In light and comfortable pastel colours, use of sunscreen, make sure to supervise the conditions of students who need extra support such as diabetics and feverish, and for solutions use water mist outdoors, provide and encourage students to drink 8-10 glasses of water a day up to Without getting thirsty and out of the sun, training in first aid and providing shade With training of students and teaching staff on how to recognize and report signs of heat-related illness (muscle cramps, nausea or vomiting, headache, dizziness and decreased consciousness, red, hot, dry skin without sweating and rapid heart rate). It is hoped, according to Dr. Al-Zuhair, that students will remain inside the school in hot and humid weather, until their parents attend and work to provide umbrellas on the sidewalks surrounding the schools, and to set seats to sit and adhere to the time when leaving.

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