For many people the heat has been an issue, including the physical education students at Cactus Canyon Junior High. The heat is making the kids stay inside, instead of outside being active.
Although they are not outside playing football or softball, they are doing many activities to keep the kids active. They are doing a fitness test, which consists of sit-ups and push-ups. The boys are learning proper stretching habits. Another thing coaches have done is take the students into the learning malls and watch movies because the girls and boys classes have to take turns using the gym.
Even though they switch off using the gym, sometimes the girls and boys P.E. classes come together and play dodge ball or volleyball or something they can do together. It’s a good option to keep them busy, but it gets a little crowded at times.
“It works out OK,” said Coach Scott Stansberry, the boys P.E. coach. “The gym is small so it gets crowded and there is some standing around.”
Taylor Simmons, an eighth grader in girls P.E., thinks that it is both a good and bad thing.
“It’s nice to have a break from P.E., because it is really hot outside,” said Simmons. “But I’m really looking forward to it starting back up again.”
Both coaches knew they had to bring the kids inside, but it wasn’t just their decision. It was a communication between the coaches and the administrators.
“I believe that anything past 102 is too dangerous for the kids. That’s what they taught me in school,” said Coach Stansberry. “Also, though, you can add 10-15 degrees on the concrete. So if it’s 102, its really like 117 on the concrete surface.”
Coach Kim Widmer is a little more tolerant, and likes the girls to be, too. She thinks 105 is reasonable, but never for too long.
“My personal opinion is 105 degrees,” said Coach Widmer. “If it’s below that, I will take the girls outside but not for more then 25 minutes.”