More Coral Springs High School students overcome by heat

Heat-related issues plagued Coral Springs High School for the second consecutive day Friday.

School District spokeswoman Nadine Drew said a morning electrical outage shut down the school and sent students and staff to the football field where water was provided.

Coral Springs Fire Department Division Chief Mike Moser said 18 students were evaluated for heat-related issues, and nine brought to area hospitals.

“This is one of those incidents that as frustrating as it is, there is almost no other option for what happened today,” Moser said. With the power out and the alarm sounding, it wasn’t safe to be in the building because fire officials didn’t know why the power was out, Moser said.

“The safest place for those students was being outside in their normal evacuation area,” he said.

“Unfortunately it was so hot outside, and when you put several thousand students out on the field there is a tendency for some of them to have heat-related emergencies,” Moser said.

About two hours later, around 12 p.m., authorities decided to shut down classes for the day.

Parents were notified by automated telephone calls that school would be released early. Buses were dispatched to pick up their regular riders, Drew said.

Bill Orlove, Florida Power Light spokesman, said the outage was caused by school equipment.

“It was electrical equipment owned by the school causing the issue,” he said.

Power was out from shortly after 10 a.m. to after 12 p.m.- after the school had closed for the day. Drew said no information was available if students would be required to have a make-up day. The school day is regularly 7:40 a.m. to 2:40 p.m.

It was the second day students at the school were affected by the heat.

On Thursday, 14 students were treated for dehydration and other heat-related ailments after falling ill at an outdoor performance by The High School Nation Tour, a traveling music and arts festival.

Three of those were taken to area hospitals, Moser said.

lhuriash@sunsentinel.com or 954-572-2008

Article source: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/parkland/fl-coral-springs-school-dehydration-20151008-story.html

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