Weather Guidelines

 

Weather Guidelines

Students, and faculty/staff, are encouraged to drink plenty of hydrating fluids prior to your OLC day. Water is available to student at all times. We have water fountains at the Large Pavilion, Great Hall and south restroom facility. Water faucets, with potable water, are located at the Creek and Wetlands pavilion.

Students and faculty/staff are responsible for bringing a container to refill for water. This can be a reusable bottle, or a disposable one, refilled throughout the day.

 

Daily Monitoring

The OLC staff monitors weather conditions daily. If conditions are not suitable for outdoor activities, the OLC coordinator will communicate with the campus assistant principal and teacher who made the reservation to delay or reschedule the visit. Cancelations are a campus based decision unless weather guidelines stated below prohibit outdoor activities.

 

We use the following websites and apps to observe current and future weather conditions:

  • www.weather.gov(National Weather Service)
  • weather.com (Hourly temperature for zip code)
  • http://wunderground.com (Temp, humidity, head index, ozone by zip code)
  • WeatherSentry by Schneider Electronics

 

Heat/Cold Precautions

The OLC will observe district guidelines, set by the Student Health Advisory Committee, in regards to excessive heat or cold conditions. Heat and cold indexes are monitored prior to OLC visits. Any concerns to these conditions will result in a rescheduling of the visit.


Hot Weather Guidelines for Elementary Students:

During times of heat, precautions to prevent heat related illness should be taken for all outdoor physical activity.  Those precautions should include:

  • Students should be hydrated prior to, during, and after any outdoor activity
  • Drinking water should be easily accessible and should not be used as punishment or motivation
  • During extended periods of outdoor activity (more than 20 minutes) periodic water breaks and rest in the shade or cooler area should be enforced
  • There should be no outdoor activity when there is a heat advisory or when the Air Quality Index is in the orange zone or greater
  • Alternate indoor physical activities should be arranged when students are unable to participate in outdoor activities

     

    When Heat Index and/or AQI read:

  • Activity Level and precautions:

    80-90 F/Green

    Outdoor activities allowed. Be alert for early signs of heat related illness. Water breaks and rest in shade every 20 minutes.

     

    90-100 F/ Yellow

    Outdoor activities to include rest in shade and water breaks every 15 minutes.  Encourage fluids before, during and after outdoor activities. Be alert for signs of heat related illness, especially for those at a higher risk.

     

    Above 100 F/Orange

    NO outdoor activities.

      These guidelines are revisited annually with a district Health Advisory committee.

     To learn more about the Heat Index, visit http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/heat/heat_index.shtml

     

     Cold Weather Guidelines for Elementary Students:

    During times of cold temperatures, precautions to prevent cold related illness should be taken for all outdoor physical activity.  Those precautions should include:

  • Students should be hydrated prior to, during, and after any outdoor activity
  • Drinking water should be easily accessible and should not be used as punishment or motivation
  • Attending adults should continuously monitor all students for signs of cold related conditions
  • Attending adults should ensure students are properly dressed for outdoor activities
  • Alternate indoor physical activities should be arranged when students are unable to participate in outdoor activities

When Wind Chill/
Fells Like Temp reads:

Recommendations:

Below 60 F

Jacket or long sleeves

 

Below 50 F

Coat and long pants

 

Below 40 F

Gloves and hats with above recommendations; increased caution; limit outdoor activity to less than 15 minutes

 

Below 35 F

Indoor recess/PE

 

These guidelines are revisited annually with a district Health Advisory committee.

 

 

Students with certain health conditions are at a higher risk for cold and/or heat related illnesses. Health conditions include but are not limited to:

  • Recent illness with vomiting/diarrhea or fever
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Heart conditions
  • Asthma
  • Intellectual disability