NFHS Foundation approves grant to distribute wet-bulb globe thermometers to high schools
Indianapolis – The NFHS Foundation announced a grant program to distribute 5,000 wet-bulb thermometers to high schools nationwide. The $1.5 million program will provide schools with an important tool to minimize heat-related illnesses during outdoor activities.
Wet-bulb thermometers measure heat stress in direct sunlight, taking into account temperature, humidity, wind speed, sun angle, and cloud cover. Secondary schools can use the thermometer reading to help determine if the weather is suitable for organizing outdoor activities.
“The mission of the NFHS Foundation is, in part, to fund research and risk minimization programs, and this program certainly satisfies that,” said NFHS CEO Davis Whitfield. “This program is a direct-to-school distribution to help ensure the health and safety of students.”
An initial grant of $450,000 was approved by the NFHS Foundation Board of Trustees last fall, but demand for the thermometers was so high that an additional distribution was approved in January to cover the purchase of 5,000 units. About 2,500 thermometers will be distributed in April, with the rest to be delivered to schools in time for late summer training. The NFHS will work with its member state associations to distribute the thermometers to schools.
“The NFHS Foundation Board of Trustees has unanimously supported these additional funds. We all felt this would more immediately help our member schools proactively reduce risk to our students,” said Billy Strickland, NFHS Foundation Board Chair and Executive Director of the Alaska School Activities Association.
Each thermometer manufactured by Kestrel will be calibrated by geographic area and will come with a tripod and Bluetooth capability so school administrators can access information over the phone. The NFHS will also produce and provide a video tutorial – through the NFHS Learning Center – on how to use the thermometers.