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Katy ISD Takes Steps to Deal With Extreme Heat as School Starts

Katy ISD has entered into Readiness Level 3 in response to continuing weather forecasts for extreme heat. As such, the District will be taking the following steps to alter school operations to ensure student and staff safety:

  • Students will be allowed to have water bottles at school and on the bus next week until the emergency readiness level returns to “4 – Normal Readiness.”
  • Schools will make every effort to expedite bus loading at dismissal.
  • The campus administration will receive email warnings when the temperature reaches 100 and when the heat index reaches 105; student outdoor activities will need to be adjusted according to the guidance for elementary or secondary schools.
  • Athletics and Fine Arts coaches and sponsors have already been acclimating students to the heat; they will continue to follow the Athletic Department’s guidelines.
  • All teachers responsible for student outdoor activities will be provided information on the signs of heat-related health problems and the proper steps to care for students who show symptoms of heat-related injury.

Outdoor Activities Guidelines

Secondary Students
Students will be allowed and encouraged to drink water before and after outdoor activities.
At Readiness Level 3 – PE students should not be outdoors more than 45 minutes regardless of temperature.
Students will be allowed to rest halfway through PE, rest may be outdoors but should be in the shade when possible.

Elementary Students
Students will be allowed and encouraged to drink water before and after outdoor activities.
Even in the cooler parts of the day at Readiness Level 3 outdoor activities on the playground or for PE are limited to 20 minutes.

For more information, visit www.katyisd.org.

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