CDPH Health Guidance for Schools on Sports and Strenuous Activities During Extreme Heat
The California Department of Public Health provides essential guidance on handling extreme heat situations in schools. Understanding the associated risks is crucial with the rise of extreme heat events. Heat can lead to severe health issues, especially in children, such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke. The safety and well-being of students within our member districts are paramount. We encourage member districts to review this guidance, which offers insights and recommendations to ensure student safety during high-temperature days.
5 Key Takeaways:
- Understanding Heat-Related Illnesses: Recognize the signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Early detection can prevent severe health complications.
- Hydration is Crucial: Ensure that students have access to water and are encouraged to drink frequently, even if they are not thirsty.
- Modify Physical Activities: During extreme heat, consider rescheduling, modifying, or canceling outdoor physical activities. If activities must continue, ensure they occur during cooler parts of the day.
- Create a Cool Environment: Use fans, air conditioning, and shaded areas to keep indoor and outdoor spaces cool. Consider designating “cooling centers” within the school.
- Education and Training: Train staff to recognize and respond to heat-related illnesses. Educate students about the importance of self-care during high temperatures.
Member Districts can visit the California Department of Public Health’s website for their complete Guidance for Schools on Sports and Strenuous Activities During Extreme Heat.