Managing hot classrooms

We all want students to enjoy comfortable and healthy learning environments.

Indoor air temperatures for occupied learning spaces are expected to be between 18 and 25 degrees Celsius for the majority of the year. However, this may not always be possible. 

We suggest that schools do the following to help manage the internal temperature of classrooms during the summer period:

  • pull blinds on windows facing the sun
  • open windows and doors to allow cross ventilation
  • switch on ceiling fans or mobile fans where available
  • ensure access to drinking water to make sure staff and students are hydrated
  • encourage staff and students to wear lightweight clothing
  • utilise shaded outdoor areas and
  • reduce the use of devices that create heat.

We provide funding for school building improvements. Indoor air quality and thermal comfort guidelines can be found on the Designing quality learning spaces page.

Designing quality learning spaces

Boards of Trustees are responsible for the health and safety of students and staff on school grounds. If parents have any concerns about the environment that their child is learning in, we encourage them to contact the school in the first instance.

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