OWENSBORO, KY (WFIE) - The hot weather is a big concern for high schools and their student athletes.
Officials at Owensboro High School are watching the thermometer.
On Monday, the OHS football coaching staff worked their student athletes outside early in the morning, before it got too hot.
Head Coach Jay Fallin says while they want to continue to prepare their players for the upcoming season, when heat indices get between 95 and 105, their main priority is students' safety.
"We get their hats off as much as possible, let them cool down, get them water as much as possible," says Fallin. "Player safety is a big deal to us, so we want to take it as seriously as possible. There have been times in the past where we've gone as early as 6 a.m. to avoid being out there in the heat of the day."
Fallin says they follow KHSAA guidelines when it comes to the heat and football practice.
He says they have several alternatives in place when it does get too hot to be outside.