The Lincoln Public Schools held its annual field trip at the Salt Dogs game on Wednesday and nurses had to treat several fifth graders for heat-related problems. Paramedics arrived to help one girl with heat exhaustion. Although not heat-related, but a child was also treated after getting hit in the head with a flying baseball bat.
"Today, we had a lot of medical issues with kids with heat. A lot of kids were exhausted and dehydrated," said Sgt. Chad Barrett.
Fortunately, the district had nurses on hand. They say they treated at least two dozen kids for heat-problems.
"We didn't think it was going to be as bad as it was," said Keyna Rolenc, a district LPN. Rolenc said they only treated kids and no staff or teachers.
The field trip coordinator said they had everything under control.
"We've taken all the precautions necessary for the safety of students," said Marybell Avery, Curriculum Specialist for Health and Physical Fitness. "What may look like chaos is organized excitement."
The staff had water on the scene, cold packs, and wet towels. The stadium also had American Red Cross volunteers assisting.
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 also 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 for next year.
Despite the heat issues, Lincoln was not under a heat advisory on Wednesday.