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Old 01-10-2010, 01:08 PM
 
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Just wondering at what temperature your students stay in for recess? This may sound silly but I wondered if there was any informal "guidelines" about what temperatures are safe for children to be outside.


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Old 01-10-2010, 01:22 PM
 
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I'm sure it varies by region. The type of clothing the children are equipped with makes a huge difference in what might be considered a safe temperature.

At our school, we don't go outside if the temp (with windchill factored in) is less than 20 degrees F.
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We follow DPW's guidelines: Temperature between 25 and 90 degrees F. (including heat index, wind chill) and weather permitting. We're told to use our best judgement as well...I took my kids out last week when we had some light snow. I'm in Southeastern PA, and I imagine it differs by region.
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I'm thinking it will differ by regions, too. Here in the south, our students do not wear (or may not have) mittens, hats, or gloves. They are dressed to be just warm enough as they dash from the car to the school. So I guess the temperature is certainly not all that has to be considered. Thanks.
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This has nothing to do with temp.
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but, we are not allowed to let our kids out many times due to air quality. In CA's central valley, our air quality can be quite dangerous for some of our students during winter and summer due to asthma.


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Old 01-10-2010, 01:48 PM
 
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There was another post about this somewhere, but of course I can't find it.

We go out if the temp/windchill is 10 or above. It is stated in our handbook that students are expected to come prepared to go outside for recess and need to dress appropriately for the weather.
Kiddos need to be able to run around outside and play!
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Old 01-10-2010, 01:51 PM
 
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We don't go out if it's below 32 degrees. It's unfortunate when kids can't run around outside and play, but they do have gym classes 3 times a week so that mitigates it somewhat.
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The temperature and wind chill need to be at 10 degrees or above for us to go outside. The funny thing about the temperature is that our principal has an "official website' he goes to when checking the temperature. The only staff members who may know it are the ones working in the office. I just think it is silly that we are not allowed to know which site he uses! Problem with it is that sometimes the secretary doesn't check and announce if you can go out.
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Our area won't go out if the temp/wind chill is 14 or lower. They also won't go out if the playground hasn't been cleared of snow. That might be the thing that saves me this week. The schools have staff that just does lunch and recess duties. That means that a few of those folks are outside for 4 hours. That can get pretty darn cold in the winter. One of the guys is out right now so I'll be subbing on and off for him the next couple weeks. I sure hope we stay inside most of the time. I really hate standing outside in any kind of cold.
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Old 01-10-2010, 02:12 PM
 
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Here's the other thread.


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In my district in Michigan. However, this has been broken a few times if it is no more than -5. School isn't canceled until it's -25! We have had school when it was -22! Just insane IMO.
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Old 01-10-2010, 03:27 PM
 
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Same as Choppie: 10 above.
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I live in Canada

Our cutoff for recess is -27C (-16.6F)
School Closure is -50C (-58F)

When its about -40 C (I believe), the buses don't run, but the schools are open.
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We are not allowed to take the children outside if the temp is under 40 degrees. I live in N. Florida. Parents still call and complain about it being to cold at that temp. BTW we have lots of below 40 mornings here - very different than S. Fla.
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Zero degrees and above...
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we will go outside. Students must have "the 5" pieces of clothing
which are boots, snowpants, hat, mittens, and jacket! We do take into account windchills which go along with the zero degrees. Recess duty on cold days is not fun, but part of the job--I'd actually rather go out than keep kids in. Minnesotans are used to it--usually!!
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In WI, we go outside if the temps are 0 degrees or higher. However, if the windchill is below zero, we do stay in.
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Old 01-10-2010, 05:46 PM
 
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Ours is 40 degrees F. It seems ridiculous to me, but that's the rule. I often get notes from parents even above 40 that they don't want their kids out because it's too cold.

I think it's a shame - the kids need to get out and play but they're often stuck inside.
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Old 01-10-2010, 05:48 PM
 
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In Florida, we don't go out if it's below 50 usually but that's still chilly for us.
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Old 01-10-2010, 07:09 PM
 
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At 50, kids in WI would be wearing shorts outside and asking to take their jackets off. Seriously!
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Old 01-10-2010, 07:40 PM
 
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We go out if it is 10 degrees or above.

At 50 my kids are also in shorts. I have a hard time getting them to keep their coats on at 32 degrees.

We don't have an official too high temp. Usually if it's 90 and triple H we don't go out. We are in a rural area. Our playground is edged by trees on 2 sides, but there are no trees on the playground so we have no shade. So at 75-80 the kids are begging to come in because it's too hot.
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Old 01-10-2010, 08:13 PM
 
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I am really surprised so many of you go out in the extreme cold. I mean 20 degrees is WAY to cold for me. In my nook of Tennessee, we do not go outside if the temperature is below 50 degrees. There have been times we have tried to go out at 45 degrees but the children complain and quite honestly, I am not cold weather material. In our area, it is not under 50 degrees for long. Strangely, a few years ago the problem was not too low temps but too high. It was 2007 and the summer was SO HARSH. It was well over 100 degrees with the heat index. I felt bad for the kids having to ride the buses.I should clairfy that up unitl September that year it was REALLY HOT and even into October people were wearning summer clothes.
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Old 01-11-2010, 04:04 AM
 
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I am so sick of inside recess! Last week it was in the upper thirties and they were still inside. This isn't like the south...we are in the northeast and we're used to cold and snow. Our princ is just afraid the parents will complain that their poor little rainforest flowers will get a chill. No wonder they're always sick!
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I grew up in Alaska. We had school unless it was -55 or more. we had outdoor recess if it was -25 or less.

Now where i teach in Colorado, we have indoor recess at 14 or lower and school closure is based on road conditions, expected snowfall, and temp.

I personally liked the Alaskan way better, because you could wake up, look at the thermometer, and know if you were having school or recess that day instead of wondering what decision the school people will make.
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Old 01-11-2010, 07:14 AM
 
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I guess I just don't get it. lol! We don't go out when the temp. is below 10 degrees because we are concerned about the child's health. When it is too cold there is a chance that they could get frost bite. When it is 40degrees out, there is not that chance. Being outside in cooler weather is good for them! Sure it might be chilly for them and they may not like it, but do we let children not do their school work because they may not like it?

I just personally think that our kids spend way to much time inside.
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Old 01-11-2010, 11:27 AM
 
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We don't go out if the temp or windchill is below 0F. Otherwise, bundle up!
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Wisconsin- minus 10 will keep us in. Otherwise it's outside for fresh air. No one has frozen or become sick because of it (as long as you are properly dressed of course!)
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we go out unless below 15 degrees F with windchill.
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She's not kidding- we are constantly telling kids to keep their jackets on when it's in the 50's.
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We don't go outside if it is raining. Every other time we go out and it will get into the 90's here.
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We cannot go outside if it is below 42F.
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I don't take my kids out if its below 60 degrees and above 95. I'm in SC and there is no way I would be outside at some of the temps you all are talking about!! I'd quit before I did that.
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I think our policy is we don't go out if it is colder than -20 Celsius which converts to -4 Fahrenheit.

Of course these are just guidelines. Sometimes we stay in if the temperature is -18 or -15 Celsius. Depends on windchill, dampness, wet snow etc.
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Thank you, Whitley. I know there are a lot more of us in our boat out there, they just haven't posted for some reason.

I think a previous poster has to realize that even though some of you have really, really cold air most of the winter, in the south we don't often have those temps or have them for long, so we are wimps when it happens. It might seem like our kids are inside too much, and maybe they are at times but we really do get to go out far, far more than we are stuck inside.
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I'm in one of the cold states (today we reached 9 degrees so recess was inside) and I agree with you. Not that I would call you wimps!

People here are used to the cold temps and stores carry clothing appropriate for the weather. I can't imagine your local department stores have many snowsuits available.
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- No, we are hard pressed to find many of those around here.
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This is from our current school newsletter that goes home every other week:

Bundle Up ... Itís Cold Outside!
Now that cold weather is here, students need to dress
appropriately for outside recess - including boots, snow
pants, hats and extra mittens or gloves -- each
and every day. When there is snow on the playground,
students who are not wearing boots and snow pants will need
to stay on the paved areas. We
continue to hold recess outdoors
throughout the winter unless the
weather is exceptionally cold. All
students are expected to participate
in outside recess unless there is a
health reason accompanied by a
doctorís note.
Each student should have a complete
change of clothing to be kept at
school or in his/her backpack. Be
sure to label all of your childís
belongings.
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I'm not being critical or judgmental. I'm just trying to understand. Some places don't go out if it's below SIXTY? I know how a temperature feels is relative, but I grew up in the south. Do the students not have jackets at all? Because I really don't think you'd need mittens at all at 60 degrees. (Just trying to understand. Really.)
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Too cool weather is not a problem. In August, Sept. and even May sometimes it seems too hot (sometimes over 100) to send the kids out, but we do. Not as much shade out there as there should be either. It never seems to bother the kids, but they come in zapped. Sometimes it is hard to get them regenerated, even after drinking water.
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It's not just me, it's the KIDS who refuse to go out in chilly weather! They just don't like it. They'd prefer to stay inside on the computers or pull out board games. If it isn't sunny, I usually won't make them go outside. And if they came with no jacket and we go outside? They go to the library!
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