Wichita school officials ask coaches, principals to take heat precautions

Record-setting temperatures in the Wichita area have prompted school officials to warn principals and coaches about the dangers of outdoor practices and recess.

The National Weather Service projects today's temperatures in the "red/danger zone" for Wichita.

Darren Muci, Wichita's division director of operations, issued an e-mail this morning urging principals and coaches to "take all necessary and prudent precautions when considering outside activities for our students."

Today's high is expected to reach 106, which would topple the record for August 24 of 104, set in 2000. This would also be the 46th day of 100-degree temperatures in Wichita this year, matching the total for 1980 — second on the all-time list.

Wichita students started school last week, and fall sports such as football and cross country are practicing regularly.

Individual school principals still decide whether students go outside for recess, said district spokeswoman Susan Arensman.