Obviously, heat acclimatization is a serious issue. I assume that most of us (band directors) take it as such.
I have had an RN on camp staff for a few years, and one of their jobs is to monitor the heat index, and time our rehearsal blocks. It has removed a HUGE burden from my shoulders, allowing me to focus on teaching. Not that I ever think of student safety as a burden, but it is a HUGE responsibility. I have been lucky to have parents that are RN's. However, we do actually pay them for their time (the school district mandates that I do so).
The RN will call me at 20 or 30 minute intervals, as we deem appropriate for the kids to take a water and shade break. They also keep a close eye on the kids for symptoms of heat exposure/dehydration, etc. I have shared this plan with my AD and Superintendent, and they are very confident in our managing of the heat. I have been VERY lucky to have parents who have developed this plan - it is within their area of expertise, and I feel very fortunate to have their assistance.
I guess we just wait to see what this is all about, we talk to our AD's about our thoughts, feelings, and PLANS to deal with the heat. While things like this can be a hassle for us, I think we have to keep in mind that while we don't necessarily "like" being micromanaged, that does seem to be more and more a fact of life. It is happening everywhere.
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