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District following special extracurricular protocol for heat

Denton Independent School District coaches and students will follow special procedures to ensure students maintain proper hydration and body temperature levels during extra-curricular practices in extreme heat.

Denton ISD retains an open water policy – with students allowed water at all times – for the entirety of all practice sessions, regardless of activity. The district emphasizes this policy on any days were the temperature is at or above 100 degrees, with most coaches and band directors opting to practice in the morning or evening if possible.

“We always want our students to be successful when their competitive seasons begin, but their safety comes first. All coaches in Texas know the dangers of working out in this heat and we’re not going to jeopardize anyone’s health by not having procedures in place to keep these kids safe,” said Denton ISD Athletic Director Joey Florence.

With high school football players and marching band participants taking on the brunt of the summer heat prior to the start of the school year, the district has a protocol in place for those students.

 These steps include:

Football 

  • Players in shorts, shoulder pads, and helmets, will take with water breaks every 30 minutes. Each break will be 5 minutes of total rest time with helmets off. Practice will not exceed 2 hours of full heat exposure. Open water policy during entire practice. 
  • Full pad workouts will have water breaks every 20 minutes. Each break will be 5 minutes of total rest time with helmets off. Practice will not exceed 1.5 hours of total heat exposure. Athletes should be allowed to remove helmets while not in contact drills. 
  • (Should temperature exceed 105 degrees or 115 heat index) Players will be in no more than shorts and shoulder pads, and helmets. Breaks will occur every 20 minutes, with 5 minutes of total rest time. Workout will be 2 hours of total heat exposure. A 1- minute station break every 2 five-minute periods. Athletes should be allowed to take off helmets when not actually participating in drills. Water is available at each work station.

Band

  • Band members and auxiliary groups will be required to take a water break every 30 minutes with 5 minutes of total rest time. Practice will not exceed 2 hours of full heat exposure.