SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 - Utah) Back to school seemed to come fast this year, partly because summer 2013 has been the second hottest on record. While most schools have air conditioning, there are some things parents can do to help their kids stay cool in school.
Temperatures are expected to be around 95 degrees in the Wasatch Front this week, which can make recess a hot experience.
We brought out our temperature gun at recess and found that the playground equipment can get as hot as 170 degrees.
While recess, or even school can be canceled because of weather, schools we spoke with do not have a temperature ceiling when it comes to heat.
“We watch and take it on a case by case basis,” said Kenna Sorensen, Principal at
“They've been out playing in the summer, so of course we want them to stay active and enjoy it,” said Stacy Drew, school nurse for the
Drew says, she has never seen a kid suffer from heat exhaustion during recess.
“Depending on the level of heat, we may call it an indoor day,” said Drew.
At Sandy Elementary, recess is kept to 15 minutes and water breaks are always available. But Drew says parents can take steps to help their kids stay cool as well.
“We urge parents to send their kids in shorts, and t-shirts, lighter clothing so they can tolerate recess,” said Drew. “Of course send kids with water bottles.”
This is the first year all of the schools in the
If parents are concerned about kids being out in the heat, talk with their teachers and school staff to make other accommodations.