It doesn't take long for playground equipment to get dangerously hot. So we decided to take an infrared thermometer to the Discovery Elementary playground to find out just how hot it gets.
Recess is most kids' favorite part of the school day.
Even though the breeze helped, temperatures reached the 90s Monday so the time kids spend outside needs to be watched carefully.
"The staff are out here supervising the students and keeping an eye on the air temperature as well as what's going on in our playground environment," Discovery Elementary School Principal Lois Running said.
Staff also pays attention to the students' health.
"We have several students who maybe have breathing issues, like asthmatics. And so we monitor them very closely. When we have humid conditions, it creates more difficulty for them with their breathing. And so then we monitor that situation and often times those children may do an inside recess and have a friend stay inside and they do a game," Running said.
Each school in the Sioux Falls School District leaves recess decisions to the schools' staff. The biggest thing the staff is pushing on hot days like this is staying well hydrated.
"We're encouraging the students to bring water bottles to school. And so many of our students are doing that. And then also plenty of drinks at the water fountains happen throughout the day," Running said.
While the playground equipment at Discovery Elementary read about 100 degrees, it's not slowing these kids down.
"They want their recess time. They like to come out and play. And so they would prefer coming outside," Running said. "No matter how hot it is."
Running says canceling recess outside for heat isn't very common. Cold weather, on the other hand, is a much more common issue.