Athletes run the track at Jordan High School in Los Angeles in 2011. The Los Angeles Unified School District canceled all outdoor sporting events and activities Monday because of abnormally hot weather. (Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times)
LAUSD cancels outside sporting events because of heat
By Eric Sondheimer , LA Times prep sportswriter | http://lat.ms/1wn64l8
15 September 2014 :: Triple-digit temperatures caused the Los Angeles Unified School District to cancel all outside sporting events and activities for Monday and Tuesday, according to a district spokesman.
Football teams weren't allowed to practice outside Monday unless they received special permission from their local school operations administrator to change the practice time to the evening hours.
Tennis and water polo events scheduled for Monday were canceled. There are no sporting events scheduled for Tuesday because it's a district-wide professional development day. The decision to cancel activities didn't go over well at least at one school.
Rick Prizant, the athletic director at Lake Balboa Birmingham, called the decision "ridiculous" not to allow a water polo match against Taft.
"We have shade for people outside," he said of the pool area. "Water polo isn't football. It's 78 degrees in the water and probably better than being outside."
Birmingham, a charter school, would have gone forward with the water polo match, Prizant said, but Taft couldn't participate because it's part of LAUSD.
Trent Cornelius, a district administrator for athletics, said the lack of cover on the pool deck area for schools was the reason water polo events also were canceled.
LACOE EXTENDS HEAT ALERT TO SEPT 17th
By email from the LACOE Office of Communications
Sept 15, 2014 :: To help keep you informed on school safety and emergency issues, the LACOE Communications Department is forwarding you this advisory/notice sent out to the 80 district superintendents of L.A. County by Supt. Arturo Delgado on Monday, Sept. 15, 2014.
If you have any questions about this or any other advisory/notice, please contact us at: LACOE Communications or (562) 922-6360.
The Heat Alert issued on Sept. 12 has been extended until
Wednesday, Sept. 17 for the following areas:
The Los Angeles Basin
San Fernando Valley
San Gabriel Valley
East San Gabriel Valley, including Pomona
Santa Clarita Valley
The original Heat Alert is below.
High temperatures forecast for the Los Angeles Basin and East San Gabriel, San Fernando, and Santa Clarita Valleys
LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles County Health Officer has declared a Heat Alert as high temperatures have been forecast for the following areas:
East San Gabriel Valley
Friday, September 12 through Monday, September 15
Los Angeles Basin and San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys
Sunday, September 14 through Monday, September 15
The Department of Public Health would like to remind everyone that precautions should be taken, especially by individuals who participate in outdoor activities, older adults, caretakers of infants and children, and those sensitive to the heat. This alert may be extended if weather conditions do not improve.
"When temperatures are high, even a few hours of exertion may cause severe dehydration, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke. Others who are frail or have chronic health conditions may develop serious health problems leading to death if they are exposed to high temperatures over several days," said Jeffery Gunzenhauser, MD, MPH, Interim Health Officer, Los Angeles County. "Thus, it is critically important to never leave children, elderly people, or pets unattended in homes with no air conditioning and particularly in vehicles, even if the windows are 'cracked' or open, as temperatures inside can quickly rise to life-threatening levels. If you have an elderly or infirm neighbor without air conditioning, make sure that they get to a cooling center or other air conditioned space between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m."
For a list of Cooling Centers and information on heat-related illnesses and prevention, please visit the Public Health website, or call the LA County Information line at 2-1-1 from any landline or cell phone within the county. The posted Cooling Center list is effective through Monday, September 15. Call your local Cooling Center for hours. To view a map of the nearest cooling centers, click here.
"While it is very important that everyone take special care of themselves, it is equally important that we reach out to those who are especially vulnerable to the harmful effects of extreme heat, including children, the elderly, and their pets, said Dr. Gunzenhauser. "Extreme heat such as this is not just an inconvenience, it can be dangerous and even deadly, but we can protect ourselves, our families and our neighbors if we take steps to remain cool and hydrated."
Schools, day camps, and non-school related sports organizations or athletes should take extra precautions during extreme heat. Practices and other outdoor activities should be scheduled for very early or very late in the day in order to limit the amount of time spent in the sun and heat.
Additional tips for those who must work or exercise outdoors:
Older adults and individuals with chronic medical conditions:
Infants and Children:
Los Angeles County residents and business owners, including people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs may also call 211 LA County for emergency preparedness information and other referral services. The toll-free 2-1-1 number is available 24 hours a day and seven days a week. 211 LA County services can also be accessed here.
The Department of Public Health is committed to protecting and improving the health of the nearly 10 million residents of Los Angeles County. Through a variety of programs, community partnerships and services, Public Health oversees environmental health, disease control, and community and family health. Public Health comprises nearly 4,000 employees and has an annual budget exceeding $900 million. To learn more about Public Health and the work we do please visit http://www.publichealth.lacounty.gov, visit our YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/lapublichealth, find us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/lapublichealth, or follow us on Twitter: @LAPublicHealth.
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