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Update: Decatur High Goes to Night Football Practice

Sports teams, bands won't practice from noon to 6 p.m. "until further notice."

Update: Decatur High Goes to Night Football Practice

Night practices are in store for football players until the heat wave ends.

According to the Decatur Bulldog Boosters newsletter, varsity and freshmen will practice from 6:45 to 8:45 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at the Decatur High stadium. They'll practice 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday.

Deatur High and schools canceled afternoon outdoor practices on Wednesday because of the heat wave that apparently contributed to the deaths of two Georgia students. Other schools across the metro area did the same.

Decatur High principal Lauri McKain emailed parents with the message: "In light of the current heat index, Decatur High School and Renfroe Middle School, are cancelling all outdoor practices between the hours of 12 p.m. and 6 p.m."

The high temperature in Decatur is expected to hit the mid-90s through Monday, after which it will drop into the low 90s.

A Locust Grove High School football player and a player from South Georgia died following practices in the heat, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Officials are investigating what role heat played in the deaths, the AJC reports.

Practice schedules have also been adjusted for softball and cross country at Decatur High. No word on how band practice will be affected. Renfroe Middle didn't give details about practice, but said it has suspended all practices between noon and 6 p.m.

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