MEDFORD, Ore. -- The Medford School District's Athletic Department already has rules in place if there is extreme heat. These rules apply to middle school and high school sports teams.
Students can still practice outside if it is 100 to 105 degrees, but practice will be modified. Those modifications include adding more water breaks, reducing the intensity of practice and even decreasing the length of practice.
Practice will be moved inside or cancelled if it reaches 106 degrees or hotter outside.
The Medford School District said that student safety always comes first.
"That's a priority to us," said Athletic Director Amy Tiger. "That means more to us than being ready for some game. Safety comes first. Sometimes, teenagers feel like they're fine. But it's our job as adults to make sure they're safe."
Coaches out on the field are trained to recognize signs of dehydration and heat stroke.