Heat and Ozone Policy

Heat and Ozone Policy

In an interest to protect student health, faculty and staff should follow the protocols below on ozone action and   heat advisory days.  Students will be allowed outside for Physical Education, recess, or extracurricular activities using the following guidelines:

Level

PPB Ozone

Color Designation

Action Recommended

Good

 

0-50

Green

No health effects are expected, no special action needed

Moderate

51-100

Yellow

yellow

Students with a respiratory illness such as asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, and emphysema should limit prolonged exposure.

Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups

101-150

151-200

Orange

Red

red

Student with a respiratory illness such as asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, and emphysema should limit exposure entirely. High-energy activities for elementary age children should be limited. All other students should be allowed adequate access to water and shade.  For every thirty minutes of high-energy activities, students should be allowed ten minutes of rest. Students involved in outdoor extracurricular activities such as athletics, band, drill, or cheerleading., should also follow the guidelines as stated above.

Very Unhealthy Hazardous

201-300

301-500

Purple

Maroon

Exposure for students should be limited entirely. Students involved in outdoor extracurricular activities such as athletics, band drill, or cheerleading, should engage in indoor practice on the days designated very unhealthy or hazardous.

Sensitive groups are defined as children who are active in outdoor activities, people involved in high-energy activities, and people with respiratory disease. Students with respiratory disease should follow the advice of a doctor or guardian.

In order to help keep the campus informed, designate a person on your campus to be responsible for notifying you of ozone action days. This person should follow ozone colors posted on the following website:  www.airnow.gov for the hourly air quality index.

In addition, you can use one or all from the following methods for notifying your campus:

  1. E-mail alerts to the teaching staff
  2. Use color coded flags in easily visible areas.
  3. Include ozone levels in the morning announcements
  4. Include a definition of the ozone level for the day, temperature (high expected) and precautions.

Heat guidelines:

During times of excessive heat, the following precautions will be taken for all outdoor physical activity including, but not limited to: recess, physical education classes and /or outdoor field trips.

  • Start slowly getting students acclimated to hot-weather exercise.
  • Use a 1-to 2 ratio of exercise to rest schedule. Example: 5 minutes of vigorous exercise to 10 minutes of rest and fluid replacement.
  • Students should be hydrated prior to outdoor activities and drinking water shall be easily accessible.
  • During extended periods of outdoor activity (> 30-35 minutes) periodic drinking should be enforced.
  • Students should not have recess or Physical Education classes outside during extreme heat > 95 degrees.
  • Teachers are advised to use precaution on days when the temperature or heat index is high. Limit outside activity to no more than 15 minutes and ensure that students have access to adequate water prior to and/or after outside play. Be aware that hot playground equipment may cause burns.

See Coaches and Trainers regarding outdoor activity during Athletics.

In order to help keep the campus informed, designate a person on your campus to be responsible for notifying you of heat action days. This person should follow the listed heat index posted on the following website:  www.weather.com for the hourly temperature and heat index readings.