WCPSS plays it safe, halts outdoor activities over heat

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The Wake County school system took measures to ensure it's student athletes were safe.

The Wake County Public School System has issued a directive to all schools that no outdoor athletic activities should be held between 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday due to the extreme heat.



School officials also postponed all outdoor athletic practices Monday afternoon because of the heat index.

Leesville High School sports parent Kevin Darden said he sat in the stands Monday evening not only to watch his son, Myson, play soccer, but also to keep an eye on him and make sure he wasn't overly exerting himself in the brutal heat.

"My son's big for cramping up so I have to make sure he's hydrated," Darden said.

Leesville High School soccer players got frequent breaks to help combat the heat in their match against Apex Friendship.



"I don't blame them," said parent Annette Hughes. "I think it's the safe thing to do. I think it would be sort of crazy. It is miserable and is hot."

The varsity soccer game at Leesville started at 6:45 p.m. and by then, the entire field was shaded.

Officials also stopped the game every 15 minutes for a five-minute water break as a precaution.

The junior varsity game was canceled because of the heat.

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Area high schools are moving sports and other activities indoors because of the heat.

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