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Outdoor Safety

Outdoor Safety & Heat Precautions

Historically, hot summer temperatures continue through the beginning of the school year. Younger students are at risk of excessive heat because of the increased body surface area. The heat index becomes an important factor with the outdoor activities. Each campus takes into consideration the local heat factors–temperature, humidity, and sunshine–and modify plus monitor all outdoor activities accordingly. Opportunities to drink plenty of fluids will be provided and students will be encouraged to drink fluids during the evening hours at home.

The staff of each campus is aware of the following signs and symptoms of heat stress.

  • Extreme sweating or lack of sweating
  • Paleness
  • Muscle cramps
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Rapid pulse rate
  • Shallow fast breathing
  • Fainting

Students will be taken to the school nurse if symptoms of heat stress are suspected. Dehydration is the most common cause of heat stress and exhibit cumulative effects. If symptoms of heat stress become severe and persistent it is important to seek medical care immediately.  Inclement weather is carefully monitored. Students will remain indoors if there are signs of thunderstorms and/or lightning.

Sunscreen: Students may possess and use an FDA approved topical sunscreen product while on school property or at a school-related event or activity to avoid overexposure to the sun. Conroe ISD staff will not provide or apply any sunscreen product to a student without parent permission.  Parents who are concerned about sun exposure during the school day may send a lotion, or wipe-on sunscreen product for use by their child.  For safety reasons, pump spray sunscreen products are discouraged and should not be used indoors.  No aerosols are allowed due to the dangers with pressurized cans and aerosols stay airborne longer, thus exposing students with respiratory issues. Parents should label sunscreen product container with student’s name.  Sunscreen products should be stored away when not in use, such as in totes, lockers, backpacks, or some other reasonable location.  Students with special needs will be given assistance, with parent permission, on a case by case basis.

Insect Repellant: Concerned parents are strongly encouraged to use a repellant on their child before they leave for school, especially young children who may have difficulty applying the repellant safely. Conroe ISD staff will not provide or apply insect repellant during the school day.  Parents who are concerned about mosquito exposure during the school day may send a lotion, wipe-on, or wristband type of repellant for use by their child.  For safety reasons, pump spray repellants are discouraged and should not be used indoors.  No aerosols are allowed due to the dangers with pressurized cans and aerosols stay airborne longer, thus exposing students with respiratory issues.  Parents should label repellant product containers with student’s name.  Repellant products should be stored away when not in use, such as in totes, lockers, backpacks, or some other reasonable location.  Students with special needs will be given assistance, with parent permission, on a case by case basis.