Recess and Hot Weather Guidelines
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Sunday, July 17, 2016
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Hot Weather Guidelines and Procedures

 

for Outdoor School Activities

 

Based on National Athletic Trainers Association Recommendations

 

 

 

Outdoor School Activities – include, but are not limited to, recess and physical education classes.

 

 

 

Athletic teams must follow the guidelines of the Georgia High School Association.

 

 

 

 

 

Each school shall designate a person to monitor heat index levels. Approximately thirty (30) minutes prior to the start of activity, temperature and heat index reading should be taken at the school sitefrominternet sites such as www.weather.com www.accuweather.com or comparable source.

 

 

 

Activity should be altered and / or eliminated based on the Heat Index as follows:

 

 

 

Under 95 degrees

Heat Index

 

 

“Green Flag”

* Outdoor School Activities

Ø  Provide ample amounts of water. This means that water should always be available at regular intervals and students should be able to take in as much water as they desire.

Ø  Optional water breaks approximately every 30 - 45 minutes for approximately 10 minutes duration.

Ø  Ice-down towels available for cooling.

Ø  Watch / monitor students carefully for necessary action.

95 degrees to 99 degrees Heat Index

 

 

 

 

“Yellow Flag”

*Outdoor School Activities

Ø  Provide ample amounts of water. This means that water should always be available at regular intervals and students should be able to take in as much water as they desire.

Ø  Mandatory water breaks approximately every 30 - 45 minutes for approximately 10 minutes duration.

Ø  Ice-down towels available for cooling.

Ø  Watch / monitor students carefully for necessary action.

100 degrees to 105 degrees Heat Index

 

 

 

 

“Red Flag”

* Outdoor School Activities

Ø  Provide ample amounts of water. This means that water should always be available at regular intervals and students should be able to take in as much water as they desire.

Ø  Mandatory water breaks approximately every 30 minutes for approximately    10 minutes duration.

Ø  Ice-down towels for cooling.

Ø  Watch / monitor students carefully for necessary action..

Ø  Reduce time of outside activity as well as indoor activity if air conditioning is not available.

Ø  Consideration should be given to moving activities inside.

Above 105 degrees Heat Index

 

“Black Flag”

 

*All Outdoor School Activities

 

Stop all outside activity and / or play and stop all inside activity if air conditioning is unavailable.

 

 

Recess Cold Weather Guidelines

                Time spent outdoors is an integral part of the school day.  Children need fresh air and exercise and time spent outside affords students a break from the structure of the classroom.  However, there are times when it is not safe for children to be outdoors. 

                When properly clothed, elementary school-aged children can participate in safe, vigorous play in an outdoor environment in most weather conditions.  Increased caution is necessary during temperatures less than 20 degrees F.  Temperature plus wind velocity, or wind chill, is a prominent factor in determining cold weather safety.  As the speed of the wind increases, it carries heat way from the body more quickly. 

                The local school principal, or designee, will make the final decision as to whether outdoor recess will be allowed.  Schools may access current weather conditions through web sites such as http://www.weather.com/ .  Generally, if the wind chill or "feels like" temperature is 20 degrees or higher, then recess will be outside.  Principals should begin considering making modifications, such as the length of time of recess, when the temperature drops below freezing. 

To see a wind chill chart, click here.

 

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