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Heat Illness Guidelines Distributed to Schools, Parents

September 23, 2015, 8:25 AM HST
* Updated September 23, 11:00 AM
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Sunny Day. File photo by Wendy Osher.

Sunny Day. File photo by Wendy Osher.

The Hawaiʻi Department of Education and the state Department of Health sent a letter to parents with recommendations on how students can prepare for hot days, in an effort to prevent heat illness among students.

The guidelines and recommendations were compiled as the state continues to face record high temperatures.

Hilo already had at least a dozen days between Aug. 23 and Sept. 7 where a record temperature was either set or tied with old records for the same day in previous years.

Here on Maui, temperatures were tied with records on two days over the same period.  Below is a list of record temperatures as documented by the National Weather Service:

Record Temperatures (Aug. 23 – Sept. 7, 2015)
Monday, Sept. 7, 2015 4:42 p.m. Hilo 90 tied 90 set in 1976
Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015 Hilo 91 break 87 set in 2014
Saturday, Sept. 5, 2015 Hilo 89 break 88 set in 1995
Friday, Sept. 4, 2015 Hilo 89 break 87 set in 1990
Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015 Hilo 93 break 89 set in 1987
Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015 Hilo 92 break 88 set in 2014
Monday, Aug. 31, 2015 Hilo 89 tied 89 set in 1996
Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015 Hilo 89 break 88 set in 2007
Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015 Hilo 89 break 88 set in 2007
Friday, Aug. 28, 2015 Hilo 90 break 89 set in 1971
Kahului 92 tie 92 set in 2006
Honolulu 92 break 92 set in 1986
Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015 Hilo 89 break 88 set in 2006
Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015 Hilo 88 tie 88 set in 2007
Kahului 93 tie 93 set in 1984
Monday, Aug. 24, 2015 Hilo 88 tie 88 set in 2007
Lihue 90 break 89 set in 1987

 

Additional Record Tying Days in Kahului in August 2015
Friday, Aug. 21, 2015 Kahului 94 tied 94 set in 1951
Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015 Kahului 94 set 92 set in 2013
Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015 Kahului 93 tied 93 set in 1977
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Education officials say schools and health aides will also receive guidance to identify heat illness-related symptoms and action steps should a student or staff member become ill.

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“It was important to collaborate with public health professionals to offer sound advice to schools on how to better deal with the extreme heat teachers and students have been experiencing in classrooms,” said Superintendent Kathryn Matayoshi in a press release statement.

In addition to parent letters, posters that identify symptoms and treatments are being posted in classrooms, health rooms and school offices.

The state Department of Education has been working to combat the unusually hot temperatures by installing portable air conditioners and fans in some classrooms.  The department also established a partnership with Hawaiʻi 3R’s to raise funds towards cooling schools.

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Last month, a total of 100 fans were donated to intermediate public schools as part of the “Keep Our Keiki Cool” program initiated by Goodfellow Brothers and Lieutenant Governor Shan Tsutsui.

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