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.
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 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