School officials to discuss heat problems

Vicksburg Warren School District

Superintendent James Price plans to meet with principals and

coaches Monday to discuss how the district will deal with record

hot temperatures.

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 state.

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

Montgomery counties.

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,