Heat Precautions

Andover Public Schools considers the health, safety, and well being of our students and staff to be a top priority. Listed below are the guidelines used to monitor athletic/activity practices. If you have any questions, please call the District Office at 218-4660.


Heat Precautions for Outdoor Practice and Competition
Zone 1 Heat index between 90º-94º

 Practice not to exceed 3 hours
 Water available throughout practice
 Limited conditioning
 In-service participants on heat stress related symptoms
 

Zone 2Heat index between 95º-104º
 Practice not to exceed 2 hours
 Water available throughout practice
 Limited conditioning
 Schools will allow participants to carry water throughout the day
 In-service participants on heat related symptoms
 

Zone 3 Heat index between 105º-109º
(Heat Advisory Criteria)
 Practice not to exceed 1.5 hours
 Water available throughout practice
 Mandatory cool down periods throughout practice
 No conditioning
 Schools will allow participants to carry water throughout the day
 In-service participants on heat related symptoms
 

Zone 4Heat index greater than or equal to 110º
(Excessive Heat Warning Criteria)
 No practice outdoors. Indoor practice only.
 In-service participants on heat related symptoms

 

Movement between zones
Practice may move from one zone to another zone by checking weather conditions and documenting time and conditions. If the conditions warrant a zone change, additional practice time, not to exceed the time indicated by the zone in which you moved, may be allowed.

Example:

1. If you begin practice in Zone 3 and then conditions improve to Zone 2, you may add ½ hour of practice time for a TOTAL of 2 hours of practice.
2. If you begin practice in Zone 2 and then conditions improve to Zone 1, you may add additional practice time not exceed a TOTAL of 3 hours.

Coaches/sponsors may also practice in a zone then, when time is expired take the participants to a cool facility for no less than 30 minutes. Coaches may then return to practice and operate under the zone conditions for that time. Coaches must remember to document all zone times and weather conditions, along with any changes in zone.
 

Heat Disorders
Possible heat disorders:

  • 130º F or Higher
    • Heatstroke / Sunstroke
  • 105º – 130º F
    • Sunstroke, Cramps, Heat exhaustion (Likely)
  • 90º – 105º F
    • Sunstroke, Cramps, Heat exhaustion (Possible)
  • 80º – 90º F
    • Fatigue possible with prolonged exposure
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