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High temps cancel PUSD after-school sports and gym classes

District decides to 'err on the side of safety' while heat advisory continues

Scorching summer temps this week have forced some Pleasanton Unified School District campuses to temporarily scale back or cancel gym classes and after-school sports programs.

On Wednesday, the district announced that “in light of the current heat advisory and extreme temperatures, all after school physical activities are cancelled” at both Foothill and Amador Valley high schools until things start to cool down.

Even staying cool in the pool was a challenge for the Amador water polo team, which PUSD spokesman Patrick Gannon said had no choice but to abandon practice for the time being. “We would rather err on the side of safety; heat stroke is a very real concern and risk for students and for anybody,” Gannon told the Weekly.

Foothill’s football team held practice this morning when temperatures were milder but the district said “some athletic programs and other after school programs may choose to hold non-physical activities or practice in air-conditioned facilities where available.”

In the meantime, students and faculty members throughout the district have been doing what they can to cope with the heat. Amador opened the doors of their multipurpose room on Wednesday so students could get some shade and Gannon said that gym classes still being held at some schools have “toned down” and are avoiding strenuous activities for now.

PUSD will continue to monitor temperatures this week and make adjustments as needed. “We haven't made any firm decisions on physical activity (for Thursday) but given the current forecast, unless something changes, it most likely will be cancelled as well,” Gannon said.

Families with students in extracurricular sports programs should contact their coach or program advisor with questions about whether practice will take place this week. The district also encourages all students to bring a reusable water bottle to school so they can stay hydrated during school hours.

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