- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 23, 2015

HONOLULU (AP) - The Hawaii State Department of Education and the Department of Health are issuing letters and other guidance on how students can work to handle the heat in classrooms as the state continues to see record high temperatures.

Letters will be sent home to parents with recommendations about how students can prepare for hot school days. Schools will also receive guidance on how to spot heat illness-related symptoms and steps to take if a student or staff member becomes ill, Hawaii News Now reports (https://bit.ly/1iLELjo).

“It was important to collaborate with public health professionals to offer sound advice to schools on how to better deal with the extreme heat teachers and students have been experiencing in classrooms,” stated Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi.

Posters with symptoms and treatments will also be posted in every health room, school office and classroom.

“The Department of Health is happy to have been able to provide expertise and assistance on developing this important guidance for teachers and students,” Dr. Pressler said. “We believe working together to better inform parents and school personnel will help prevent heat illness cases.”

Since August, the education department has been working to help cool schools, including installing portable air conditioners and electrical fans.


Information from: KGMB-TV, https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/

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