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This heat is dangerous. A metro Atlanta football player collapsed from the heat Monday and is critically ill.

Schools work to keep kids safe during outdoor activities in such extreme heat.

For many kids in south Georgia..school is back in session, for Anthony Smith and hundreds of other students that means back to football practice as well.

Monday was the first day of practice for football players at Monroe. It was so hot, players had to stay inside until the heat index fell below 105. "Anything 105 or above limits us from being able to practice," he said.

Coach Charles Truitt says before his players step foot on the field he makes sure conditions are safe to practice in. "Yesterday we were supposed to be full pads..but we just went helmets and shoulder pads to get them adjusted to this heat," he said.

When his players are on the field, he makes sure to keep them hydrated around the clock and keeps an especially close eye out for his larger players. "We give them more frequent water break because they are carrying a lot more weight than our smaller kids," he said.

Its not just football players that battle the heat. Its strenuous for band members as well. "For us we wear white T-shirts..shorts..no pants or jogging pants anything like that," said Jamar Smith, Band Director.

But just as football players, they do not got outside if conditions are not safe. "If the football players are out there we know its okay for us to come out there also," he said.

Smith says as he got adjusted to the heat..practice got a little easier. "Basically you try to get hydrated, keep water on you," he said.

He says its all about conditioning your body for the heat and its something he is prepared to deal with.

Coach Truitt says Wednesday and Thursday they will start practice at 6:30 because of the extreme temperatures. Doctors say you should try to stay inside as much as possible during extreme heat. If you have to be outside, be sure to drink plenty of water and take frequent breaks.

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