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The Coppell High School Band practices in the CHS parking lot on Sept. 7 with temperatures hitting 104 degrees. High temperatures have hit Coppell throughout the summer. Namir Awan

The heat in Texas has been at its worst, with temperatures crossing 100 degrees. Zooming into Coppell, athletics and fine arts programs in Coppell High School have had to make several adjustments to combat the scorching heat.

According to The Dallas Morning News this weather in North Texas is because of a heat dome. 

The Coppell Band in particular has been affected with late after-school rehearsals that have been pushed back to 6:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. For the first time events have been delayed due to the new University Interscholastic League heat guidelines, which state that practices cannot be outside if the Wet Bulb Globe heat index is above 92.

“After talking to the administration, we realized [our regular rehearsal time] wasn’t going to be feasible because it would be too hot, so they advised us to push back,” Coppell Band director Kimberly Shuttlesworth said.

The past few band rehearsals have been taking place indoors for the most part, practicing in the fieldhouse when it’s too sunny outside, and shifting to Buddy Echols field in the evening when the weather is cooler. 

Band members also have had to dress accordingly to protect themselves from the heat by wearing sunscreen and hats.

“[The rehearsals] are tiring, but I understand why we have to do it,” sophomore Yuga Madalagi said.

The band had to find ways to adjust during their summer camp during the months of July and August since they were not able to go outside during their night blocks. The band also had to move its master classes to 5 p.m. rather than 4 p.m., and then went to the Large Gym from 6 p.m to 7:45 p.m.

“Hopefully it will lighten up [this month] so we can go back to normal,” Shuttlesworth said.

Meanwhile, classrooms and hallways at CHS have also been impacted.

The heat has impacted several air conditioning units in the school, leaving many classrooms with no cool air. 

“It takes longer to get [air conditioner parts] here, so we’re working as hard as we can to get the systems working and operational,” CHS Principal Laura Springer said. 

Kickoff times for the first two home football games were pushed back one hour and 30 minutes, respectively, to avoid the heat. Springer expressed that this was the first time she has seen athletic events affected by the weather.

“This is the first time it has really been so pronounced,” Springer said. “I know that [the school] had heat waves that came through in the past, but I do not remember it being a problem.”

According to The Dallas Morning News a cold front has moved in this week, reducing temperatures and bringing with it some rain chances.

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Ishana Sharma, Staff Writer
Ishana is a junior and second-year staff writer for The Sidekick. She was born in Bangalore, India. In her free time she enjoys reading, baking, watching TV shows and hanging out with friends and family. She has been playing the piano since she was seven. She has a mixed breed dog named Snowie who was adopted in 2017. Her way to de-stress is by going on long walks with her dog while listening to music. Her favorite TV shows are Friends and Outer Banks. She could read and re-read the Harry Potter book series and never gets bored of it because it is an escape from reality, and prefers the books over the movies any day. Her favorite drink is iced coffee, and her favorite foods are Thai food, tacos and anything chocolate. Her favorite candies are Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and Twix. She would go to the beach everyday if she could because she finds the ocean waves calming and peaceful. When she goes to college, she aspires to study neuroscience or astronomy. You can reach out to her through her email at [email protected] or on Instagram at @.ishana_sharma.
Namir Awan, Staff Photographer
Namir Awan is a sophomore and is a Staff Photographer for The Sidekick. In his free time he loves to watch sports; especially football and basketball. He likes to hang out with his family and enjoys playing basketball in his free time. You can contact him at [email protected].

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