Heat Advisory Guidelines - Elementary

A primary focus of our teachers and staff is to ensure that we provide our children with a safe and caring learning environment during school and while traveling to and from school. Please take precautions on extremely hot days including dressing your children in lightweight clothing.

Consistent with this commitment, we have established the following procedures to safeguard elementary students when a heat advisory is issued:

  • Temperature/Heat Index less than 95 degrees--Normal recess will be held. Temperature/Heat Index 95-100 degrees--Outdoor recess will be limited to 10 minutes
  • Temperature/Heat Index 101-104 degrees--Indoor recess will be held 
  • Temperature/Heat Index 105 degrees or greater--Initiate heat dismissal procedures. 
  • A decision to initiate heat dismissal procedures will be made and communicated before 2:00 pm.  The nurse coordinator will be the point of contact to the superintendent’s office during the regular school term.  The Project/Safety Manager, Jason Griesenauer, will be the point of contact to the superintendent’s office starting the first day after the regular school term through the start date of the Nurse Coordinator
  • The decision will be made by the superintendent or her designee and communicated by the Nurse Coordinator or Project/Safety Manager (maintaining same school term guidelines) to all buildings before the 2:00pm deadline

On days when a heat advisory has been issued and the temperatures/heat index is 105 degrees or greater, heat dismissal procedures will be implemented, including:

  • Students will assemble indoors before boarding buses to protect them from the heat and facilitate an on-time departure
  • Buses will depart immediately following student boarding to minimize the overall time students spend on the bus
  • Children will be offered a drink of cold water to hydrate them prior to boarding the bus
  • For scheduled bus routes that are in excess of thirty minutes, a district staff member will travel with the students on the bus as a monitor to ensure the students are safe
  • The nurse coordinator or her designee will be in attendance at the bus garage monitoring the radio in the event that a heat emergency occurs on a bus route

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