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Code Red Day

WASHINGTON D.C. (WUSA) -- If you thought the summer was winding down, one step outside Tuesday convinced you otherwise; Things were just heating up on the last day of August.

"It's so hot and we're walking up hill," said Heather Hrynkow who was on vacation from Ohio with her 4 young boys, "so we're just keeping hydrated and trying to walk in the shade."

The code red air quality day meant the air pollution level was so high, that technically everyone could suffer health effects, especially young children. But keeping kids cooped up indoors can be difficult. DC Public School principals could decide for themselves if recess was held outdoors. At Hyde-Addison Elementary School in Georgetown, the playground was full with children around noon. However, the principal said students will have P.E. class will be inside as the mercury rises.

At McKinley Technical High School in NE football players were practicing drills inside the air conditioned gym. "It's a code red day so they can't come out on the field until 6pm," explained DCPS Athletics Director Marcus Ellis, "and when they do they have to have water breaks every 5 minutes." Players returned to the field at 6pm but only played for 30 minutes and without wearing pads. A spokesman said teacher and coaches are told to always monitor the students and keep them well-hydrated.

Written by Delia Gonçalves
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