Recess options for sick kids

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  1. Backroads

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    So my school seems to be entering that time of the year. Of course, the ideal would be that sick kids stay home to begin with, but I think we all know the odds of that happening all the way across the board.

    I had one teacher tell a kid today, when she asked if she could stay inside sick from recess, that she needed to call home if she were really that sick. Kid did.

    I had another little boy whom I simply told to bring a book and find a place to rest outside.

    What do you do when you have kids of varying sickness do when they ask to stay inside sick?
     
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    I've never had a sick kid ask to stay in, but I have had injured kids ask to stay in. As long as I am going to stay in my classroom during that time, I let them stay in and organize papers for me. If I have other plans during that time, though, then I send them outside with a book or paper to draw on.
     
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    Fever or stomach issues (vomiting/diarrhea) = sent home immediately.
    Less severe symptoms (coughing/sneezing) = sent to recess.

    If they'd prefer staying indoors, they can visit the library or come to the front office and sit with the nurse.
     
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    Parents are told that if their children are too sick to go outside for recess, they are too sick to be at school. That said, the library is open most recesses for students to read or work on homework, the Music Room often has open practices at recesses, and some teachers are willing to let kids stay in.
     
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    I would love it if our school had more options for indoor recess time, but I don't think we have the scheduling or staff. Sometimes the library is an option, but so often it's scheduled for a class.
     
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    There's only ever been one kiddo I've ever seen stay in from recess, and that was from a young lady who suddenly developed a severe phobia of the outdoors and open spaces. If there was so much as a light breeze, she had to stay in. She went to the main office, and if a staff member had a few minutes, they'd pick her up. Otherwise, she sat there and read.
     
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    If they are at school, they go outside. Legally, they have to have the recess minutes as it counts as our required "physical activity" (in addition to PE).
     
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    our rule is "if they're well enough to come to school, they're well enough to participate in all the activities"
     
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    Ours too.
     
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    If a parent is not on their way to pick up their sick child, that sick child will be going outside for recess.
     
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    This. Except no library option....it's either the librarian's lunch hour too or she has a class.
     
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    Our students who are unable to go outside due to illness typically stay with the nurse, sit in the office and read a book, or they can go to another teacher's class at a different grade level where they can use the computer to play educational games and/or read a book.
     
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    They go out with a book and a paper on a clipboard with a pencil for drawing. I would love it if we had an inside option but we don't have a librarian or a nurse and if I don't go to the bathroom at recess I'll have problem, during lunch I usually have to leave to get food since I stink at packing lunches.
     

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