Independence School District moves football players to heat contingency plan

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. - William Chrisman High School kicked off day two of its summer football camp. To beat the heat, players began practice two hours early, starting at 6 a.m.

The school's assistant superintendent, Dr. Jason Dial, said officials are being very cautious with the heat. When the heat index reaches 95 degrees, the district will shorten practice to 20 minute sessions.

"We haven't had a heat injury over the past several years, so we want to be very careful and not have one," Dr. Dial said. "Our student's safety is number one. Athletics is important, but it is not as important as student's health."

When the heat index reaches 105 degrees, the district will move practice to the school gym.

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