Due to high temperatures and air quality, GCS holds outdoor practices early and late in the day
Contact: Laurie Hogan (336) 370-8307
Created: 8/10/2010 8:14:10 PM
High school athletes in Guilford County Schools (GCS) are
taking precautions this week as temperatures rise. Athletic teams that
practice outdoors will practice early or late in the day and take plenty
of water breaks to stay healthy and hydrated.
The district follows specific procedures when the
temperature and humidity reach certain levels. Outdoor practices
scheduled for the morning must be concluded by noon, and practices held
in the evening cannot begin before 6 p.m.
Coaches are reminded by the district to make water
available to athletes in unlimited amounts throughout practice and for
mandatory water breaks to be provided every 20-30 minutes. Coaches and
athletic trainers monitor all athletes closely throughout practices for
signs of dehydration, respiratory stress and heat illness.
In addition to forecasted high temperatures reaching
the mid-90s today, the National Weather Service issued an Air Quality
Alert for the area that says ground level ozone concentrations may reach
"We expect temperatures to remain high this week, so
the district will continue to check the forecast," said Leigh Hebbard,
GCS director of athletics. "We take the health and safety of our
student-athletes very seriously. As the heat index remains high, we will
ask our coaches to consider a lighter practice schedule and remind them
to monitor their athletes closely."
According to the National Weather Service, both the
temperature and humidity level are important factors when measuring the
effects of heat exposure. The heat index is a measure of the combined
effects of high temperatures and high humidity on the body. Excessive
heat effects are cumulative and the threats grow with each successive
day of hot weather.
Parents with questions about the outdoor practice
schedules for athletic teams should contact their child's school for