The National Weather Service has extended the duration of extreme heat warnings for seven Arizona counties: Graham, Greenlee, Maricopa, Pima, Pinal, Santa Cruz, and Coconino (areas below 4,000 feet elevation). This warning is valid until Friday, July 7, 2023.
Daytime temperatures are expected to reach 116 degrees Celsius in some areas.
During a heat advisory, everyone is at increased risk of becoming sick or dying from the heat.
What can you do?
- Move outdoor activities to air-conditioned spaces
- If we are unable to keep students indoors, we will reschedule the activity for the morning
- Keep outdoor activities in the shade as much as possible
- Encourage children to wear loose, light and brightly colored clothing.
- Hydrate frequently before, during and after being outdoors (8 glasses of water recommended every 15 minutes)
Stay up to date
- Encourage staff and students to wear hats, sunglasses, and light clothing.
- Encourage use and reapplication of sunscreen with SPF 30+.
Observe children for symptoms of heat stroke.
Everyone is at risk of heatstrokeHowever, young children are at even greater risk because: physical and behavioral characteristics. If a student shows any signs or symptoms of heat exhaustion or heat stroke, act immediately.
Additional Resources for Arizona Schools
Manage extreme heat recommendations for schools
See Does your district or school have a heat policy? Extreme heat recommendations for schools: a pilot For recommendations on how to protect K-12 students from the heat based on their environment and resources, see here.
The Arizona Sunwise School of Skin Cancer Prevention Program promotes sunburn safety for staff and students. Visit online. azdhs.gov/Sunwise Get free sunscreen materials and activities, including a teacher’s guidebook and a sunscreen tip sheet.