Vidor High School’s marching band returned to regular practice on Monday after school. This is days after around 20 students became ill from heat during Saturday’s football game against Nederland.
Cheridan Roberts witnessed her daughter and several other students collapse during the halftime performance.
"My husband was the one who saw my daughter first, and the last thing I know, we just ran down and we focused mainly on her. I actually saw one of the girls towards the end of the performance actually fall down," Roberts said.
Nearby heat index values on Saturday tallied up to 99 degrees around the 2:00 p.m. kickoff.
Roberts says that the band had practice at 10:00 a.m. before the game.
According to a statement from Vidor ISD, several band members suffered symptoms from heat exhaustion after halftime.
Roberts is taking steps at home to prevent her daughter from suffering similar symptoms in the future.
"I think everybody should be involved, parents, administrators, students, all of them. Just focus on hydration. My husband and I discussed giving them some fruits, simple sugars," Roberts said.
Vidor ISD says they will ensure students are fully hydrated for future performances.
Roberts is looking for a more detailed plan, such as providing additional water coolers for band members.
"I support the band 100 percent, I just want to see what their intentions are and how they're going to remedy this," Roberts said.
Vidor ISD’s full statement can be found below:
Shortly after halftime of yesterday's Vidor vs. Nederland football game, several Vidor band students became ill due to heat. Quick action was taken by several staff members and the students were taken for medical attention at the ambulance. Due to concerns about the large numbers of students that were ill, the band was dismissed from the game and allowed to go home with their parent/guardian.
Vidor ISD will be taking steps to ensure that students are fully hydrated in the future. Student health is our top priority and we will strive to avoid any incidents like this. Additional water and careful attention will be taken with regard to performing in extremely hot situations like yesterday.
Jay Killgo, Ed.D.
Vidor Independent School District