A furious mother removed her two sons from school after they were banned from wearing shorts to lessons – despite scorching temperatures of up to 29C.
St Illtyd’s Catholic High School in Cardiff said it has eased uniform rules following complaints about the heat from parents.
But, despite temperatures hitting 29.4C in Cardiff on Tuesday, boys are still forced to wear trousers, reports Wales Online .
Mother of two Carrieann Stead said that allowing pupils to attend without their blazers and letting them take off their ties during lunch and break times did not go far enough.
She said she is not sending sons, Codie James, 15, and Lucas James, 12, back to school until the weather cools down, unless they can wear shorts rather than the regulation trousers.
Carrieann said it was a potential health hazard to let children overheat.
I sent them to school in smart black shorts because it is so hot, the carer said.
The school told me they would have to be taught in isolation because they were wearing shorts so I went to the school and picked them up.
It is absolutely ridiculous to wear black trousers in this weather.
They can’t concentrate on learning in this sweltering heat if they are wearing trousers. What difference does it make what they wear as long as they are learning?
Schools need to update their uniform policies for this weather. It’s hard to learn when you are uncomfortable. Last year my older son got heat rash from wearing trousers to school in the very hot weather.
They girls are in skirts and allowed bare legs. How can they expect the boys to concentrate?
The school said in a statement We have received a number of requests from pupils and parents as to whether boys will be able to wear black tailored shorts during this spell of warm weather.
Pupils have been told that they do not need to wear their school blazer at this time and that they can take off their ties at break and lunch time. We are also reminding them to stay hydrated and drink as much water as possible throughout the day.
At present the school uniform policy does not cover the wearing of shorts. It is something that we are looking at but in the meantime, pupils are expected to attend school according to the current policy, which for boys means trousers.
We will keep all interested parties informed if this policy changes.
A spokesperson for Cardiff council said Uniform policies are individually set and implemented by each school.
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