Hot Weather information

July 31, 2023

Dear Hart District Families,


As we gear up for the start of the school year on Tuesday, August 8, I want to take a moment to address the safety and well-being of our students and staff during periods of excessive heat.


Understanding Heat Index

To ensure the safety of everyone within the Hart District, we closely follow guidance from reputable organizations like the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). They use the Heat Index, which is a combination of temperature and humidity, to assess heat-related risks accurately.


Stay Informed with the Heat Safety Tool

To empower our community, we recommend using the OSHA-NIOSH Heat Safety Tool App, which provides real-time heat index information for our region in Santa Clarita. This valuable tool helps you stay informed about changing weather conditions and make informed decisions.


Knowing When to Modify or Cancel Activities

Our priority is to offer diverse opportunities for students to participate in athletics and activities. However, the safety of our students always comes first. Administrators, PE teachers, and coaches will be closely monitoring the heat index and referring to the Heat Index Safety Chart to determine the appropriate actions. Depending on projected conditions, we may modify, reschedule, or cancel certain activities to ensure everyone's well-being.


Preparing for Extreme Heat

To provide relief during extreme heat, our school sites have designated indoor cooling spaces for students during brunch, lunch, and other times of high temperatures. These spaces offer a respite from the heat and help prevent heat-related issues.  We believe that safety is a shared responsibility. We urge you to review FEMA’s guidelines for dealing with extreme heat, familiarize yourselves with the signs of heat-related illnesses, and discuss safe practices with your child.


Updates and Communication

As we approach this period of extreme heat, we will be providing timely updates to keep you informed and prepared. Open communication is essential, and we encourage you to reach out to us with any questions or concerns.


Together, we can ensure a safe and enjoyable learning environment for all. Thank you for your cooperation and support as we navigate through this challenge.


Best regards,


Mike Kuhlman