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‚ÄčTemperature Extremes

There are no laws or regulations in Pennsylvania that deal with outdoor air quality/temperatures and deetermining whether students should be permitted outside for school activities. This is a local decision. Below are several resources available to assist schools in making this determination.
Air Quality and Outdoor Activity Guidance for Schools  The intent of this chart is to help children continue to exercise while protecting their health when air quality is in unhealthy ranges.
Iowa Child Care Weather Watch Watching the weather is part of a school or child care provider's job. Planning for playtime, field trips, or weather safety is part of the daily routine. The changes in weather requiring monitoring in order to protect the health and safety of children. While written for child care providers, this chart is appropriate for use by schools.
Extreme Cold: A Prevention Guide to Promote Your Personal Health and Safety  Published by the CDC, this guide provides information on how to prevent cold-related health problems and what to do if a cold-weather health emergency arises. The procedures outlined in this document are not a substitute for training in first aid.
Extreme Heat and Your Health  Provided by the CDC, this website provides easily accessible resources to assist outreach efforts to those most vulnerable to extreme heat events.
EPA UV Index The UV Index provides a forecase of the expected risk of overexposure to UV radiation from the sun. It is accompanied by recommendations for sun protection and is a useful tool for planning sun-safe outdoor activities.
Updated: June 28, 2016