4 students suffer heat exhaustion while playing outside at NJ school

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HACKENSACK, N.J. -- Three students were rushed to the hospital Wednesday after suffering from heat-related illnesses at a New Jersey charter school, officials say. A fourth student also reported to feel ill, but was taken home by a parent.

Hackensack Fire Department and EMS responded to Bergen Arts and Science Charter High School where the four students became ill while playing outside during gym class.

Three of the children were transported to Hackensack University Medical Center. A fourth was taken home by a parent. All are in stable condition.

Outdoor activities at the school were suspended until further notice.

No ages or identities of the children have been released.

The school released the following statement:

"This afternoon, Bergen Arts and Science Charter High School students reported to Physical Education class. Physical activities were modified to stay within the shade, with water made available to the students. Physical Education teachers were present outside to monitor the students and activities. Three students reported that they did not feel well in the heat and went to the school nurse. Upon the nurse’s recommendation, students were transported to the hospital for evaluation and all are reported to be in stable condition. In abundance of caution, outdoor activities are suspended until further notice."

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