During times of extreme heat, students and staff should stay well hydrated, particularly when outdoor or indoor temperatures are 90 degrees or more. Students should be allowed water both in and outside of the classroom to prevent heat-related illness. Anyone experiencing signs of heat exhaustion should be moved to a cool area and receive a medical evaluation. Other tips include:
- Reduce, eliminate or reschedule strenuous activities until the coolest time of the day.
- Wear lightweight, loose fitting, light-colored clothing to reflect heat and sunlight.
- Eat light, cool, easy-to-digest foods such as fruit or salads.
- Drink plenty of water even if you don't feel thirsty.
When cold temperatures are projected, it is important that students dress for the weather. Multiple layers of clothing, hats, scarves, gloves, boots, and wind resistant coats will help keep students warm as the temperature drops.
In addition, exposure to outdoor temperatures should be limited. Students who ride the bus should track bus delays here before heading to their bus stop. Outdoor recess will not be allowed when temperature and/or wind chill is equal to or below 29 degrees. If the temperature and/or wind chill is 30-32 degrees, students may be outdoors for no longer than 10 minutes when wearing appropriately layered clothing, coats, hats, scarves, and gloves.
Individuals needing assistance with appropriate clothing should contact their school nurse for a referral to the PTA Clothing Bank.