Tuesday, August 24, 2021
With hot weather always present as students go back to school, MPS regularly reviews and shares safety practices so staff can take steps to combat heat. Families can also help make sure students are prepared for the hot days.
MPS teachers, administrators, and staff will take steps in schools to help keep students and learning spaces cool.
- Shades will be pulled down and lights will be kept off wherever possible to reduce heat.
- Windows will be open when airflow helps reduce room temperatures.
- Physical activity will be limited and students will be kept out of the sun.
- Students will be encouraged to drink water regularly.
- Teachers will provide breaks from face masks outdoors or in appropriate spaces.
- Staff will be alert for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke and prepared to take action.
Students and families can do their part to combat hot weather.
- Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
- Bring a water bottle to school.
- Drink water regularly and avoid drinks with caffeine.
- Be alert for friends, relatives, and neighbors who may need help.
- Pay attention to high-risk individuals including infants, young children, older adults, overweight persons, and anyone with heart or lung problems or disabilities.
Assist anyone showing signs of heat exhaustion: red skin, sweating, cramps, headache, dizziness, nausea, vomiting. Provide cold water, loosen clothing, remove shoes, and get the person into the shade or air conditioning.
Call 911 for anyone showing signs of heat stroke: skin that is pale, hot, and dry; confusion; unconsciousness; chest pains; shortness of breath.
If you are concerned about someone’s health during hot weather, contact your health care provider.
For questions about hot weather procedures for students, contact your child’s school.