Guidelines for Student Activities in Hot Weather
Heat-related illness, while serious and potentially life-threatening, is entirely preventable. There is no national temperature standard or specific rule for when to keep student inside during hot summer months. Most healthy children and athletes can safely participate in outdoor sports and activities in a wide range of challenging warm/hot weather conditions, provided precautions are taken to avoid overheating.
- Good hydration is essential; students are encouraged to bring water to school and to keep well hydrated before and during outside activities.
- Students should dress in lightweight clothing in keeping with the district's dress code.
- Students should be taught to recognize and self-report signs of heat-related illness.
Signs and Symptoms of Heat-Related Illness
- Muscle cramps
- Nausea or vomiting
- Excess sweating or hot, dry skin
Treatment for signs of Heat-Related Illness
- Stop exercise
- Move out of the heat into shade or air-conditioned area
- Drink plenty of water
- Remove extra clothing or sports equipment;
- Wet the body down with cool water (not ice)
- Seek immediate medical advice if symptoms do not rapidly improve