Neighborhood Network News: June 1, 2022
By Office of Communication
Posted on June 01, 2022, June 01, 2022

What you need to know for the June 18 Runoff Election, Arlington’s Parks and Recreation’s new Bakari Williams Protocol, how to stay safe in triple digit heat and Arlington ISD and Mansfield ISD are providing free summer meals to students in need in this week's Neighborhood Network News.

Early Voting for June 18, 2022, Runoff Election Starts June 6, Ends June 14

Early voting for the City of Arlington's June 18, 2022, Runoff Election begins Monday, June 6 and will continue through Tuesday, June 14. Arlington voters will elect an at-large District 6 City Council representative in the runoff election. Learn more about the City of Arlington’s Runoff Election.

City of Arlington Implements ‘Bakari Williams Protocol,’ Completes Significant Investment in Health and Safety Equipment in Advance of Reopening of Public Pools and Splash Pads

The City of Arlington’s Parks and Recreation Department has implemented the “Bakari Williams Protocol” and made significant investments in the installation of health and safety equipment at its public pools and splash pads. The $600,000 in improvements, as well as new policies, practices and protocols, are designed to improve visitors’ safety and experience while at Arlington aquatics facilities. Click here to learn more about the improvements.

What to Know: Staying Safe in Triple Digit Temps

With temperatures at or near triple digits, its important to know the signs and symptoms of heat stroke and heat exhaustion. Residents are encouraged to exercise the following precautions to keep themselves or others from overheating.

  • Avoid direct sunlight
  • Apply high-SPF sunscreen frequently when outdoors
  • Stay in air-conditioned buildings
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing
  • Do not rely on a fan as your primary cooling device as it only recirculates hot air
  • Visit your physician to find out if you have a health condition that may be exacerbated by hot weather.
  • Children and the elderly are most vulnerable to heat-related illnesses
  • Regularly check on elderly neighbors and family
  • Pet owners should not leave their animal in the car even for a few minutes when the hot weather arrives. The inside temperature of the car can quickly reach 120 degrees. Pet owners are urged to refrain from leaving animals in the car, even with the windows cracked open.

Learn more about heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Arlington ISD and Mansfield ISD Providing Free Meals Throughout the Summer

This summer, Arlington ISD will connect children 18 and younger and enrolled students with disabilities up to 21 years old with healthy, no cost summer meals. For the children who rely on school meals during the academic year, these meals offer a source of good nutrition when school is out for the long summer vacation. Learn more about summer meals through AISD.

To ensure that children continue receiving delicious and nutritious meals throughout the summer, Mansfield ISD will continue its annual free summer meals program. From May 31 through July 28, all kids up to age 18 and adults with special needs up to age 21 can receive free breakfast and lunch on Mondays through Fridays at select locations. Learn more about summer meals through MISD.

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