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8 year old with CP at main stream School

TonyLisaTonyLisa Member Posts: 2 Listener
edited October 2020 in Education and learning
Our granddaughter who we are full time caters for has CP she is wheelchair bound and attends main stream school, on Friday she came home wet from being taken outside during breaks in the rain. We complained to school/head about her being wet and they said. They will continue to take her outside in bad weather as all the children need to have fresh air. They provided nothing to keep her legs dry and said, she needs to get use to it as the heating will not get put on until December and all the windows and doors will be left open due to Covid. Are we being unreasonable thinking they are wrong for doing this, when they are so adamant they are right?
Would love to hear other people’s thoughts/ experiences 


  • Tori_ScopeTori_Scope Posts: 5,006

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    Hello and welcome to the community @TonyLisa! Thanks for joining :)

    Just to let you know, I've moved your post into the Education category, as that might help other members who have been in a similar situation to see your post.

    It sounds like that was probably very uncomfortable for her. I'm not sure what the rules are on taking the students outside, but I do know that a lot of schools have an open-window policy at the moment to aid with ventilation. Has she had to go outside at breaktimes in previous school years? 
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  • TonyLisaTonyLisa Member Posts: 2 Listener
    Not in terrible rain, its actually worse than my first post as the school rung and asked for a change of clothes, which we promptly got there (around 10am) when we picked her up (at 3pm) she hadn't the been changed and had been taken back out twice more in the rain! When we questioned this, the head came out felt her trousers and said that weren’t that bad, but they were very damp underneath. We were fuming!
  • janer1967janer1967 Member Posts: 11,166 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi and welcome that doesn't sound right ti me leaving her wet 

    Maybe ask the head how she would feel wearing wet clothes all day 

    I agree they need to go out but weather permitted and only if clothes properly 

    Can you take it up with the school governors 
  • Tori_ScopeTori_Scope Posts: 5,006

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    That's not on at all @TonyLisa. I'll tag @Richard_Scope in here, as he's our Specialist Information Officer for CP and might be more equipped to know what action you can take. 
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  • Richard_ScopeRichard_Scope Posts: 2,837

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    Hi @TonyLisa
    Great to meet you. As a person with CP and a wheelchair user who went through the mainstream school system, I can see both sides of this. 
    I feel that it is vital that your granddaughter is not isolated from her classmates and is included in as many activities as is reasonable and safe. This will help her form a positive self-image and increase her confidence.
    However, she should absolutely not be left in wet clothing for a prolonged period of time. I would recommend arranging a formal meeting with the headteacher to discuss your concerns and explore ways of creating a procedure for when your granddaughter is going to be outside. For example, you could buy a waterproof that stays at school? something like this Cosy Wrap
    If I can be of any help, let me know :smile:
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  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,653 Disability Gamechanger
    Welcome to the community @TonyLisa, great to have you with us. :)

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