Hot Sacramento Day Forces Parents, Schools to Adjust Schedules

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SACRAMENTO —

Monday was another scorcher in Sacramento, with the sun beating down before lunchtime.

At McKinley Playground, many prepared for triple-digit heat by getting their child’s playtime in early.

“On the days I see 100 degrees on my iPhone I think ‘oh no!'” said Erin Harris. Harris is pregnant and has a 2-year-old child. On a day like this, the weather dictates her schedule.

“Our strategy is we do all of our outdoor stuff in the morning before noon, and then he goes out for his nap, and in the afternoon we do anything with air conditioning,” Harris said.

Heat and poor air quality raise concerns about asthma, dehydration and fatigue. Another concern is how hot the playground equipment gets.

“One of the children has actually burned themselves but on the bigger playground, it’s metal so we have to check all the play structures, even their stroller gets too hot when we’re out walking around, as well,” said Jessica Delis.

At Navigator Elementary in Rancho Cordova, Principal Carol Vargas didn’t wait for an air-quality alert to make adjustments for the school day.

“We follow the guidelines that the state provides. On the other hand, if its hot like today, we don’t wait for an alert, we can tell that it’s uncomfortable, and we provide all of those precautions,” said Vargas.

Monday, the school added additional shaded areas and held P.E. class inside in hopes of preventing students from overexerting in the heat.

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