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School heat rules vary

August 10, 2007

Lee County --  The record heat has kept a lot of high school athletes off the practice field this week, but the rules on protecting them from the heat aren't the same in every county.

All public school systems must have a heat policy, but they can set their own rules.

In Dougherty County, no team is allowed to practice or play when the heat index exceeds 105.

In Lee County, they must take more breaks when it's that hot, but they're allowed to keep practicing until the heat index tops 120.

"You've got to get the kids in shape, you've got to get them ready to play, but at the same time you got to make sure they're safe and you got to make sure they don't overheat and that's what we strive for everyday," Lee County Principal Kevin Dowling.

Lee County High School also keeps a trainer on the football field with students to help any student who might need assistance.

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