Vicksburg Warren School District
Superintendent James Price plans to meet with principals and
coaches Monday to discuss how the district will deal with record
On Friday, with temperatures reaching triple digits, Price
banned all outdoor activities except nighttime football practice.
The ban for the 9,200 students in the district include
cheerleading, physical education and other sports.
Price made the decision a day after two Warren Central High
School band students were rushed to the hospital for heat-related
symptoms. Both students were released that night and returned to
school on Friday, but Price said he doesn't want to take any
"It's common sense to me," he said. "We just have to do
what's best for the kids."
The extreme heat has been blamed for problems and deaths across
The death of a Mount Olive football player last week was caused
by a heat stroke, an autopsy showed.
That death prompted a Grenada County Judge to ban six north
Mississippi counties from allowing outdoor activities from 7 a.m.
until 9 p.m.
The Mississippi Supreme Court overturned the order just two days
The ban angered coaches and educators throughout the six-county
area, which is DeSoto, Tate, Panola, Yalobusha, Grenada and
Five school districts asked the court to overturn the order,
which would affect sports and band practices, as well as outdoor
recesses and activities at area community colleges.
Information from: The Vicksburg Post,