School and cold weather

Discussion in 'Family Life - Stories, Pictures & Updates' started by EweSheep, Dec 10, 2009.

  1. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    21,917
    69
    418
    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    Does your school keep your kids outside for line ups before school and recess time in this type of cold weather?????????

    It was 15 degrees this morning with the WC factor of below three degrees. When hubby dropped DD (kindergarten) off at school, the kids were all lining up, freezing even with coats and jackets but the wind woooooo, it was biting cold! Some of the kids, mind you, dont have proper winter coats, gloves or hats.

    We got a note from the school last week they will keep the kids outside on line ups and recess time when the weather is nice and in 30-40's.

    Today, it was uncalled for and I never can figure out who makes these decisions when the kids can play or wait outside when it is so bitterly cold. Yeah I know, we are not younger but frostbite can occur. Kids dont have the best decisions and they do have a habit of throwing their hats and gloves off, sometimes coats off to go and play before school rings or recess.

    Should I complain?????????? Call me old school taught but I never had to go outside THAT cold! Even my daughter is well bundled up but its the other kids that has to suffer and not allowed inside the school until bell time or urgent bathroom call.

    So does your school have that kind of rule??????
     
  2. toletiquesbysam

    toletiquesbysam Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 19, 2008
    Nebraska
    Heck Yes, I would Complain and Loudly! That is Ridiculous!!! [​IMG]
     
  3. Sallyschickens

    Sallyschickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    319
    1
    131
    Mar 30, 2009
    Puget Sound Baby!
    My school's policy was @ 40 degrees and up you played on the playground (if it wasn't raining). There was a big thermometer on the gate to the play yard. Kids knew how to read it.

    On coooold mornings children were escorted right to my classroom for a little "toy" time before school started. I would lose my "prep" time, but that was life. [​IMG]

    Talk to the head of the school and voice your concerns.
     
  4. HarlansHollowFarms

    HarlansHollowFarms bana-bhuidseach anns gára

    Jan 16, 2009
    I guess it all depends on where you live....here, kids who live within a two mile radius walk to school even when it is -17 like yesterday(this includes grade schoolers). They also go out and play at recess. So, I think it would all depend on the schools policy, and what is the norm for your area.
     
    Last edited: Dec 10, 2009
  5. chickensducks&agoose

    chickensducks&agoose Chillin' With My Peeps

    My 1st grader's school makes them go outside if it's 8 degrees F or above. No windchill factored.
     
  6. WriterofWords

    WriterofWords Has Fainting Chickens

    13,212
    26
    313
    Dec 25, 2007
    Chaparral, New Mexico
    It does depend on the area. Since we are generally a warmer area, if it goes below 40 we have to keep the kids indoors because they aren't used to colder weather and aren't usually prepared for it. We run a 2 or 3 hour delay when it snows so the schools open later and the buses run later. Our students don't line up outside, they eat breakfast in the classroom so there is no reason to be outside on the playground in cold weather.
    The policy for the schools North of us is completely different because they are in a snow area with ski resorts and the kids are used to a lot colder weather and are dressed for it.
     
  7. AK-Bird-brain

    AK-Bird-brain I gots Duckies!

    May 7, 2007
    Sterling, Alaska
    Up here our kids play outside until -10F. Parents are responsible for sending their kids to school with proper clothing. Kids who don't have proper clothes get a phone call home. Each school has their own weather system for measuring temps and wind chill. The principal verifies it's above -10 prior to allowing kids out for recess.
    I would check with your schools principal to find out what their written procedures are.
     
  8. Mattemma

    Mattemma Overrun With Chickens

    5,314
    59
    291
    Aug 12, 2009
    At my kids school they wait to go in or to get picked up.I will wait till I see kids going inside before I drop my kids off,and get to school early to pick them up asap.With recess I think it depends on the teacher.I see no reason for them to go outside when it is below 20.I hate the cold,but my ds loves being outside in it.
     
  9. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    21,917
    69
    418
    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    This morning I dropped my daughter off to school, it looks like all the kids are now inside lining up in the hallway, none are outside! Probably enough complaints from the parents to do something about the kids playing outside.

    We did have a Coats For Kids program but none were handed out for those who really needed it. Get a phone call home, nope, it never happens here. The only phone call we would get if she makes a mess and need an extra change of clothes or sick.

    DD kept losing her gloves, time for me to put a little reinforcement on the gloves on coat instead of those snap on ones. Off to buy more gloves and mittens! I can not help but remembering what DD singing about the "poor little kittens lost their mittens"! [​IMG] MEOW!
     
  10. Karrie13

    Karrie13 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 1, 2009
    Minnesota
    I think it depends on where you live... where i grew up if it was below30-40 we didn't get to go outside but my kids went outside yesterday and it was 1 with -10 windchill.
     
    Last edited: Dec 11, 2009

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by