Hot Weather Guidelines
Hot Weather Guidelines for PE
and Other Outside Activities at Schools
Due to periods of hot weather forecast for the coming weeks, Woodsboro is preparing to follow the Hot Weather Guidelines published by the Orange County Department of Education. At Level B students will be given extra rest and water breaks at PE and recess. At Level C, students with asthma or other heat related conditions will be kept indoors, and at Level D, all students will be kept indoors for recess, lunch, and PE.
The National Weather Service issues an Excessive Heat Watch when predicted temperatures are forecast to exceed the 100 degree mark. Recommendations to prevent heat-related illnesses are listed in the document below.
The Orange County Department of Education, in collaboration with the OCHCA, created the attached guidelines for hot weather, with respect to students in general as well as particular to physical education. All staff should benefit from the tips.
Hydration is also critical.
Download Hot Weather Guidelines provided by the Orange County Department of Education
The National Weather Service Forecast Office in San Diego issues some or all of the following heat-related products as conditions warrant. NWS local offices often collaborate with local partners to determine when an alert should be issued for a local area. For instance, residents of Florida are much more prepared for 90°F+ weather than residents in Alaska.
- Excessive Heat Warning—Take Action! An Excessive Heat Warning is issued within 12 hours of the onset of extremely dangerous heat conditions. The general rule of thumb for this Warning is when the maximum heat index temperature is expected to be 105° or higher for at least 2 days and night time air temperatures will not drop below 75°; however, these criteria vary across the country, especially for areas not used to extreme heat conditions. If you don't take precautions immediately when conditions are extreme, you may become seriously ill or even die.
- Excessive Heat Watches—Be Prepared! Heat watches are issued when conditions are favorable for an excessive heat event in the next 24 to 72 hours. A Watch is used when the risk of a heat wave has increased but its occurrence and timing is still uncertain.
- Heat Advisory—Take Action! A Heat Advisory is issued within 12 hours of the onset of extremely dangerous heat conditions. The general rule of thumb for this Advisory is when the maximum heat index temperature is expected to be 100° or higher for at least 2 days, and night time air temperatures will not drop below 75°; however, these criteria vary across the country, especially for areas that are not used to dangerous heat conditions. Take precautions to avoid heat illness. If you don't take precautions, you may become seriously ill or even die.
- Excessive Heat Outlooks are issued when the potential exists for an excessive heat event in the next 3-7 days. An Outlook provides information to those who need considerable lead-time to prepare for the event.