Heat Advisory Guidelines - Secondary

Secondary (Middle & High School) Heat Advisory Guidelines

The Francis Howell School District is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for students at school and while participating in activities and athletics. Consistent with this commitment, the District follows these procedures when a heat advisory is issued: 

  • If the temperature/heat index is 105 degrees or greater, outside activity is eliminated.

  • If the temperature/heat index is 93-105 degrees, a modified practice schedule will be implemented.

  • Modified practice includes scheduled water breaks every 15 minutes, reduced conditioning, and reduction of gear and clothing to allow for sweat evaporation. 

  • If the temperature/heat index is less than 92 degrees, a normal outdoor activity schedule will followed with water breaks and on demand water.

The District Athletic Directors utilize weather.com to determine the current heat index and consult with each other to determine if a heat schedule should be implemented. 

Coaches and sponsors are familiar with all heat illness related signs and symptoms. The certified athletic trainer and several coaches have undergone MSHSAA and ASEP Coaching First Aid course work which includes heat-related illness and resulting first aid procedures. A designated member of each coaching staff and athletic trainer carry cell phones in the event that emergency assistance is needed.

Students should hydrate themselves before, during, and after practice. Meals should include an appropriate amount of fluid intake in addition to a healthy diet. Recommendations for fluid loss are as follows:

  • Before practice, drink at least 16 ounces of water or other fluid 2 hours before an exercise and top off by drinking 8 to 16 ounces of water 15 minutes before exercise. 

  • During practice, drink 4 to 8 ounces every 15-20 minutes of exercise. Include sports drinks if the practice or contest is longer than 60 minutes. 

  • Following practice, drink as many fluids as possible with carbohydrate and sodium (sports drinks, chocolate milk) within 15 minutes of the completion of activity to encourage the fastest rate of rehydration. Those students who are heavy sweaters may need to calculate sweat rates and drink to replace fluids lost during exercise. The rule of thumb is 16-24 ounces per pound of fluid lost during exercise. 

  • Students are strongly encouraged to avoid energy drinks especially post exercise since they will inhibit the amount of fluids replaced in the muscle during recovery. Carbonate drinks may also cause the student to feel full more quickly and reduce the amount of fluids they can tolerate.

Weight scales are available and students are encouraged to weigh in before and after practice to monitor weight loss. Weigh-in monitoring sheets and additional information regarding hydration checks and suggested fluid intake are posted by the scales.


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