How cold is too cold to go to recess?

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  1. txmomteacher2

    txmomteacher2 Enthusiast

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    My old school was 32 and below we would keep them inside. Although we did take them out a few times when it was below 32 and the sun was shinning.
    This school it is up to the teachers. I am a pansy when it comes to cold weather but I do try to suck it up and take them out but it really does pain me to do it. Tomorrow I have duty and it's supposed to be cold and rainy so I am guessing I will be in the gym trying to entertain 120 kindergartners for 15 minutes.
     
  2. puff5655

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    35 is ridiculous!

    It depends where you are and what the kids have the right winter gear for. In Fairbanks, AK, the cutoff is -20. :)
     
  3. willow129

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    An hour?? That's awesome!!! Go your school. Our kids from 3rd grade up get 15 minutes. HORRIBLE.

    Recess tends to be inside when it's raining. If it's cold they're inside I think if it's below 20 degrees. Speaking of kids wearing shorts, it was 20-30 degrees this morning with some of the 7th graders wearing shorts.
     
  4. sevenplus

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    Wow. It really does depend where you live!

    I'm in central Ohio and our rule is 20 degrees (including wind chill).

    If there is snow on the ground we try to get part of the playground cleared so even children without boots can go out.
     
  5. FourSquare

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    I don't know if there is a rule....but I tend to lean towards SENDING THEM OUT! They need fresh air. I feel like my school keeps them in at the slightest shiver or raindrop. Then they're crabby all afternoon. :rolleyes:
     
  6. DHE

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    terptoteacher, I couldn't imagine taking kids out in the rain. I am in Louisiana, also; so some of you would probably laugh at what we stay in for. I think the P decides if it's too cold.

    Several have said that they don't have recess duty. So, who's outside with them?
     
  7. teacherpippi

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    I've taught in two states.

    Wisconsin: 0
    Alaska: -18
     
  8. iteachbx

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    The school has lunch aides. It's in our contract that we don't do playground duty.
     
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    We have to be at or above 5 degrees with the windchill.
     

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