It has been a hot week, especially for some children who experience scorching temperatures in classrooms without air conditioning.
Heat exhaustion can drive someone to the hospital, so News 12 wanted to know what parents can do to help their kids make their way to a hot classroom.
“Dress lightly. Loose, light clothing. Definitely hydrate before eating, light meals before going to school or sports activities,” says Nicole Lucas, vice president of nursing at the hospital for children Maria Ferrari.
It is also important to recognize the signs of heat exhaustion.
“Anytime they feel tired or fatigued, definitely follow these tips,” says Lucas.
Other symptoms of heat exhaustion include nausea, headache, and dizziness.
The best way to deal with these symptoms is to get out of the heat and stay hydrated.
Tyler Hulen, a fifth grader at Graham Elementary School in Mount Vernon, says her class is so hot she feels sick.
“Sometimes I feel like I’m going to pass out or throw up,” she says.
That’s why the 11-year-old stayed home from school on Thursday.
“When it’s hot, I can’t concentrate on my job. And I want good grades, and if I can’t focus on my job, that’s a problem,” she says.
His mother-in-law Jana Hulen says it’s worrying and lashed out at the administrators of the Mount Vernon school district.
“The superintendent said the buildings are old and it’s not as easy as installing air conditioning – they need to be rewired,” she says.
The district sent News 12 a similar response adding, “We are aware of concerns about the heat in some of our buildings and classrooms.”
The district also said that “schools have designated cooling zones in which students and staff circulate during the day.”