The Heat Advisory below is issued to assist schools in addressing the current extreme heat and humidity conditions. Please read and follow the instructions. In addition, the following schools will close by 11 a.m. on Thursday and Friday, July 18-19 (except those having field trips as indicated):
Academy of the Americas
Ann Arbor Trail
Clippert (Friday only; Field Trip Thursday)
Cody Small Schools
Communication Media Arts
Cooke (Friday only; Field Trip Thursday)
Detroit International Academy
Detroit Lions Academy
Edison (Friday only; Field Trip Thursday)
FLICS (Thursday only; Field Trip Friday)
Ludington (Thursday only; Field Trip Friday)
Osborn Small Schools
The Office of School Nutrition will assist all schools with regular distributions of water in the classrooms, provide bottled water for field trips, and allow students to take bottled water as they depart for the day.
Please be safe and call the Help Desk at 313-578-7150 for assistance.
EXTREME HEAT ADVISORY
Wednesday, July 18-19, 2013
Due to the extreme heat temperatures expected this week, Detroit Public Schools’ Department of Environmental Health and Safety, in conjunction with the Office of Coordinated School Health Programs, is issuing this Heat Advisory to promote safety among district students and staff.
The medical profession has documented that children do not adapt to extreme temperatures as effectively as adults for the following physiological reasons:
- Higher surface-area-to-body-mass ratio than adults, allowing a greater amount of heat to transfer from the environment to the body.
- During physical activity, children produce more metabolic heat than adults.
- Sweating capacity is considerably lower in children than adults, reducing the ability to dissipate body heat by evaporation.
Therefore, when excessive heat occurs, the following precautions are to be taken in buildings without air conditioning, as well as for all outdoor physical activity, including but not limited to: recess, physical education classes and field trips.
√ Students and staff should hydrate themselves throughout the day; before and after physical activity by drinking plenty of water (typically every 10-15 minutes)
√ Consider holding classes on the first floor of the school building
√ Use sunlight from classroom windows and doors rather than turning on lights in classrooms or offices
√ Keep cooled, bottled water available for students and staff throughout the day
√ Monitor the heat in classrooms throughout the day