In preparation for the rising summer temperatures, coupled with the start of summer classes and programs, Las Cruces Public Schools is asking parents to help plan for the elevated temperatures.
“It’s important for students drink plenty of water, wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothing and know the symptoms of heat-related illness,” said Sandy Peugh, director of health services for LCPS. “While we are pleased to offer extended summer learning opportunities for our students, it’s important that they remain safe.”
Superintendent Greg Ewing encouraged students who will be attending summer classes to bring a filled water bottle to school to keep hydrated throughout the day. This is particularly important for children with medical conditions, students who ride a bus, and students who walk to and from school.
“Traditionally, many school buses do not have air-conditioning,” Ewing said. “It’s possible, as outside temperatures continue to rise, temperatures inside the school buses can become quite severe. Children who get on their bus should have a water bottle, or one will be provided to them for the ride home.”
If parents do not want their child to ride the bus in the afternoon, they can pick them up at the end of the school day, Ewing added. Parents should notify the school’s front office if they plan to pick up their child at the 2:30 p.m. dismissal time.
In the event of extreme heat, school principals with schools offering summer programs will be instructed to cancel afternoon recess or other outdoor activities indoors. In some cases, early dismissal may be ordered.
More than 2,000 students, in grades kindergarten through third grade, will attend K-3 Plus at 17 elementary schools districtwide. There are also students with special needs enrolled in extended-year programs at Valley View Elementary. Students who attend Arrowhead Park Early College High School will also attend summer classes.
“It’s important for parents to help us keep our students safe,” Peugh said. “We will have nurses on hand who can also assist any child who gets too hot.”
Some signs of heat-related illness include heaving sweating, dizziness, nausea or vomiting, weakness, fatigue, and cramping the arms, legs or abdomen. Parents are encouraged to speak to students about these symptoms, and to report them immediately to an adult if they begin feeling ill.
For more information, parents can contact their child’s school principal or school nurse.
— Damien Willis, LCPS Director of Communications, 575-527-5811, firstname.lastname@example.org