Heat: School districts make weather accommodations
With triple-digit temperatures forecast for this week, the Beaverton and Tigard-Tualatin School Districts both are making adjustments to their summer programs.
In Beaverton, summer school staff has been instructed to make sure students are well-hydrated, and that they use covered or indoor play areas, rather than sunny outdoor playgrounds. Athletic teams are also making practice adjustments, according to Beaverton School District communications coordinator Kara Yunck.
The heat may also affect construction projects happening in the Beaverton School District (which includes two new schools and a rebuild), but only minimally, according to a district administrator. Construction crews doing exterior work likely will start working earlier in the day, but there will not be any overtime or late work.
In the Tigard-Tualatin School District, the free summer meal program offered in parks, libraries and schools is continuing as usual, though the district will allow participants to take the food offsite so as to find shade or eat indoors.
"We still understand that children and families are relying on us to provide a high quality, nutritious lunch for them, so we will continue to offer meals this week," said Diane Wylie, food service supervisor for the district. "We also will have a water cooler at each site for participants to access if needed."
According to the National Weather Service, the Portland area will see a high near 100 degrees on Tuesday, 104 on Wednesday, 105 on Thursday and 101 on Friday.
Editor's note: This article was updated on Aug. 1 to include information about Beaverton School District construction projects.