Air quality, heat concerns as students return to school

Posted at 7:05 PM, Aug 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-16 22:54:47-04
School officials are working together to make sure they are taking the necessary steps to ensure that kids are staying cool at school. 

During triple heat temperatures and unhealthy air quality days, students will not be allowed to participate in outside activities between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Garces High School Athletic Director, Joan Finch, tells 23ABC that due to high levels of AQI and the heat index, their football program has decided to do morning workouts for the remainder of this week.

Football players will practice before school and physical education classes after two p.m. will take things indoors.

Local student athletes are also encouraged to watch out for each other and pay attention to warning signs of heat exhaustion which headache, nausea and dizziness.  

Students are also encouraged to drink plenty of water, stay away from sugary drinks, and get plenty of rest.  

Finch also says that the best thing parents can do is make sure that their kids have the proper hydration and nutrition.  

Besides the triple-digit temperatures -- multiple wildfires are also impacting the air quality throughout the San Joaquin Valley.

Air quality officials also recommend carpooling or walking to school.

If you plan on waiting more than five minutes for your child to get out of school you are encouraged to turn the engine off while you wait.