Updated Heat Guidance

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SCUSD Families,

Thank you for your continued perseverance and patience through this heat wave that has arrived just as we returned to school this year. As we wrote to you Friday, schools will move all activities indoors between the hours of noon-8pm, including Physical Education classes, athletic events and practices, and expanded learning activities.

Our schools will continue these precautions through Friday, September 10, as this excessive heat has now been forecast for the rest of this week. If there is a decrease in temperatures forecast for later this week we will update you on new guidance.

As a reminder:

  • Hydrate: Drink plenty of water – highlight the locations of water fountains or bottle filling stations on your campus.
  • Limit time outdoors if possible, particularly during the hottest part of the day
  • Dress comfortably for hot temperatures
  • When outdoors, seek out shade as much as possible
  • Stay informed about the air quality in our area – make adjustments to activities as needed based on air quality warnings www.sparetheair.com and www.airnow.gov
  • A multi-day excessive heat event may be dangerous for everyone not prepared – find your HeatRisk level and guidance steps here: NWS HeatRisk forecast

Like other districts, we are working with SMUD on Flex Alerts and anticipate several days of this to avoid rolling blackouts. We just received word that today will be a conservation day from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm. This means that the thermostat set point will be raised from 74 to 78 degrees today at 2:00 pm. Also, all doors and windows will remain closed (ventilation will continue because of COVID – portable HEPA filters will stay on while spaces are in use).