About two-dozen fifth-graders required treatment for heat-related illnesses at Haymarket Park during a school field trip to a Lincoln Saltdogs baseball game Wednesday afternoon.
One girl had to be taken to the hospital for heat exhaustion. "We had a lot of medical issues with kids with heat,” said LPD Sgt. Chad Barrett. “A lot of kids were exhausted and dehydrated.”
Lincoln's high on Wednesday was 95 degrees.
Staff did have water, cold packs and wet towels available and the stadium had American Red Cross volunteers assisting. Because of the extreme temperatures, the students were taken home before the end of the game. "We didn't think it was going to be as bad as it was," said nurse Keyna Rolenc.
Although not heat-related, a child was also treated after getting hit in the head with a flying bat.
“We've taken all the precautions necessary for the safety of students,” said Curriculum Specialist for Health and Physical Fitness Marybell Avery. “What may look like chaos is organized excitement."
The district knew about the heat and notified parents a day before that the field trip would be shortened by one hour due to the weather conditions. Students were encouraged to bring water, wear sunscreen and bring a cap. The field trip is typically held in the spring and the district is considering moving it back to its traditional time period next year.