Kent City Community Schools
Bylaws & Policies
 

2431.01 - MANAGING HEAT AND HUMIDITY IN INTERSCHOLASTIC ATHLETIC PROGRAMS

The Board of Education authorizes the implementation of the model policy and procedures of the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) for managing heat and humidity to minimize the risk of heat-related illness in interscholastic athletic programs. For all interscholastic athletic programs and activities as prescribed by the MHSAA, temperature and humidity shall be monitored and recorded in accordance with this policy and administrative guidelines (AG 2431.01). Temperature and humidity readings are to be recorded in writing and maintained for each school by the Athletic Director.

Heat Index measurements thirty (30) minutes prior to the start of the activity and again sixty (60) minutes after the start of the activity shall determine the appropriate measures to be followed with regard to the practice or competition activity. In all such circumstances, coaches/advisors shall provide the following, as indicated by the heat index:

 

A.

ample amounts of water

   
 

B.

water breaks

   
 

C.

ice-down towels, and

   
 

D.

careful monitoring of athletes/participants for necessary action

Coaches/advisors shall consider the nature of the sport/activity requiring additional equipment and shall adjust the time of outside activity and time of day for the activity in accordance with the MHSAA model policy.

If the Heat Index is above 104 degrees, the coach/advisor shall stop all outside activity in practice and/or play and shall stop all inside activity if air conditioning is unavailable. When the temperature is below 80 degrees, there is no combination of heat and humidity that will result in the need to curtail activity.

Adopted 11/18/13

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