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Posted: 1/21/2013 6:21:03 AM
It's 2 degrees right now. As long as it's not windy, the kids go out at zero. They CAN go to the gym, but kids have to be allowed out at zero and up. I personally think that's too cold for someone to have to sit through duty, potentially two duties but that's just me.

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Posted: 1/21/2013 6:29:02 AM
Zero here also. We have -35 windchills today and we are still having school too.


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Posted: 1/21/2013 6:35:41 AM
Actual temperature or wind chill below 20 and kids don't go out.



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Posted: 1/21/2013 6:52:47 AM
We do not have an official temp. I can guarantee that our teachers would not be out at zero. (F ) PE classes in k-4 barely ever go out nov - feb. pretty much never. 7-12 they go out at the disgression of the PE teacher mine were still out in December but it wasn't that cold.

The helicopter parents around here would have a stink if their children were out in 'freezing' weather. And apparently the PE teacher had had complaints when the weather was around 50 ( F ) lol which is pretty nice sporting weather.

Mostly our playground rules have to do with slippery conditions so no going out if its rainy, snowy or the surface is icy. Going out to PE for the younger grades (k-4 ) pretty much non existent below 40 (F ) and recess is variable depending on how much the teacher wants to get their energy out.

Grades 5 & 6 go out nearly every day no matter the temp because there is no where to really send them. There is already another full lunch in the cafeteria and there is only a small room for indoor recess. They go out if it is not raining. It is only 20 minutes but they go out in all temperatures. After 6 grade no recess.

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Posted: 1/21/2013 6:55:51 AM
Well, being Canadian, we go by Celsius instead. I believe our school board policy is -25? - but I can't find it on the board site to confirm.


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Posted: 1/21/2013 6:56:45 AM
5 degrees and below our kids don't go out. I was hoping they would call school today due to the excessive subzero windchills. -35 or so the weather alert says.

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Posted: 1/21/2013 7:16:20 AM
If it's not windy, I don't think there's a temp limit, other than what the teachers will put up with. They definitely don't go out if the play area is too icy.

50s? Really? That would barely be jacket weather here this time of year. It hit a sunny 45 this weekend and we thought it was a jackpot. Everyone in the neighborhood was outside hanging out!


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Posted: 1/21/2013 7:20:40 AM
Ours is 10 degrees, either actual or wind chill. Many of the teachers, though, will keep the kids in even if it's warmer than that.



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Posted: 1/21/2013 7:24:02 AM
Here it is -25 Celcius which is -13 farenheit.

We get lots of really cold temps so the kids do have the proper clothing for the really cold. Most teachers I know who do yard duty have the Canada Goose Parkas and Sorel boots. My ds (grade 4) and his buddies hate indoor recess and I am sure teh teachers hate them after an indoor recess.

My dd in grade 8 starts every gym class every day with a 15 minute run through the neighborhood whatever the weather. The only time it will be cancelled is if it is freezing rain because of the possibility of injury.


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Posted: 1/21/2013 7:28:32 AM
The cutoff here is zero, too.

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Posted: 1/21/2013 7:31:16 AM

Here it is -25 Celcius which is -13 farenheit.

This is our school policy too. Today where I am is -32 C (-26 Farenheit) and the kids still have school but they likely won't play outside. Depends on what the temperature has risen to by lunch.

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Posted: 1/21/2013 7:35:39 AM
Our policy is also 20 degrees, actual or windchill.


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Posted: 1/21/2013 7:36:21 AM
At about 45 degrees, it starts getting iffy here. We're in Florida and many of our kids just don't have winter wear. We'll have kids show up in shorts on freezing days because it's all they have.

So at 45, we start teaming up with another teacher and offer the option of going out or not. In the 30's very few teachers would go out at my school.


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Posted: 1/21/2013 7:37:42 AM
We are going to sound like wimps but remember we're in Texas .
We keep our little guys ( I'm teaching at a preschool ) when the wind chill is below 35. Northern peas: are you laughing now?
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Posted: 1/21/2013 7:38:14 AM
I took a tour in Key West once and they said school was CANCELLED if the temp got down to 45 degrees because no one has the right clothes and the schools don't have heating.


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Posted: 1/21/2013 7:48:01 AM
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Posted: 1/21/2013 7:51:46 AM
They are out unless its raining. Temps don't matter.

My sisters kids go to school in Montana and are out at 0.
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Posted: 1/21/2013 7:53:08 AM
20 F.


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Posted: 1/21/2013 7:53:16 AM
I thought the -25 was a typo.

I don't think I've ever experienced anything colder than -2 Celsius.

I can't even think what -25 would be like.

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Posted: 1/21/2013 8:12:53 AM
We are in TN and we stay inside for 40 and below. We have a nice big gym to play in.


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Posted: 1/21/2013 8:13:50 AM

I thought the -25 was a typo.

I don't think I've ever experienced anything colder than -2 Celsius.

I can't even think what -25 would be like.

Nope, not a typo. haha.

This morning it felt like nose hairs freezing, and fingers numb, and cars not wanting to start (even though they were plugged in) and doors frozen shut.

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Posted: 1/21/2013 8:14:32 AM
60....lol! Just kidding...

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Posted: 1/21/2013 8:19:19 AM
No rules on it here, but recently there was -35 C somewhere here in Norway, and the kids still had to play outdoors. I know "the love of the cold" etc is part of our culture, but that is too cold for me! Temperatures like that just makes me to go into hibernation...

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Posted: 1/21/2013 8:23:32 AM
Wow, we spoil the kids in our district! 32 degrees or below, they are indoors.

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Posted: 1/21/2013 8:25:58 AM
It's 40 her for us in northern VA. There are just too many kids that don't have the proper clothing for colder temps. They are calling for a high of 25 F here tomorrow. There are going to be a lot of rowdy kids and tired teachers tomorrow!

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Posted: 1/21/2013 8:33:06 AM
Our district policy is below 40 degrees real or wind chill and we have to stay inside. Our kids rarely wear proper coats. Here in North Texas they mostly wear hoodies. Kids wear shorts year around too. We were inside most of last week.

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Posted: 1/21/2013 8:33:53 AM
For my boys, their preschool goes out until 10F.
It is -14 with a -27 windchill here right now.


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Posted: 1/21/2013 8:58:17 AM

I can't even think what -25 would be like.

My kids call it "snot stickin weather" because even the little hairs in your nose freeze with every breath. I am not going to lie it is freakin cold but sadly we are used to it as it stays that way for about 3 or 4 weeks every Jan - Feb. Even my teen dd and her friends who will usually wear runners and hoodies because they are too cool for boots and coats bundle up for this weather.


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Posted: 1/21/2013 9:04:11 AM
30 here in Utah. The kids have had indoor recess all January.

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Posted: 1/21/2013 9:04:43 AM
Our school district has an outdoor recess cutoff of -20C (-4F), which could be straight temperature or could be the temperature with the wind chill factored in if the wind is a nasty one. We never, ever close for snow or cold--just things like water main breaks or power outages as a result. When I was a kid, I don't remember ever staying in for recess or having school close--even if the rural busses couldn't run because of a blizzard, the town kids still walked to school, and some of the rural kids were driven in by their parents!


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Posted: 1/21/2013 9:05:19 AM
-20 Celcius.



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Posted: 1/21/2013 9:39:40 AM
The general rule is that we do not go out below freezing. Although there can be exceptions.

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Posted: 1/21/2013 9:46:31 AM
In MI it's zero. Here in VA, my son's elementary school didn't go out below 45. That always pissed me off. Kids need to get outside to let off some steam during the day!



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Posted: 1/21/2013 9:50:18 AM
I don't know - we did have a few mornings that the temperature was close to freezing, but by recess it had warmed up.

We do have heat rules, though.


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Posted: 1/21/2013 9:53:38 AM
I live just outside of Colorado Springs and my dd's elementary brings the kids inside at 35 degrees and below, actual and windchill. I can't imagine waiting until it's negative though!


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Posted: 1/21/2013 10:05:35 AM
Reading these temps I feel like we are such wimps in Southern Louisiana. Our kids don't go out if it gets below 50. It is hard to find jackets around here that are more than the thickness of a sweat shirt. When stores do get them in they only get a few in each size.

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Posted: 1/21/2013 10:08:28 AM
I bring my kids in when, on the very rare occasion, it is 42 degrees. Of course we are in Southern California, so that is very seldom and they are not prepared for colder weather.

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Posted: 1/21/2013 10:11:07 AM
We go by wind chill here--if it is less than 0 degrees F the kids stay in.


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Posted: 1/21/2013 10:24:05 AM
Ugh- I hate frozen nose hairs!

I grew up in Minnesota and walked to school (downhill, actually) every day. I only remember one time when school was cancelled-right before I walked out the door to my afternoon kindergarten class, the school called and told my mom not to send me. My older sister came home shortly after that.

One other time my mom called the office to tell them not to let my siblings and I walk home after school (2 blocks), that she'd pick us up. While we waited for her to come get us, we were playing outside on the huge mountains of snow in cleared parking lot. Her reason for picking us up that day? It was too cold and windy for us to walk home. Actually, I thought it was great for playing outside!

Oddly enough,the only frozen anything I remember from that part of my childhood is frozen snot on the itchy wool scarf wrapped around my face. I don't remember frozen nose hairs until moving out here to CO and going to the ski slopes.


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Posted: 1/21/2013 10:32:23 AM
I believe it has to be below 0 for tr kids to stay inside. They always complain about having to stay in.

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Posted: 1/21/2013 11:01:09 AM
Anything under 50. (North Texas). I personally think its ridiculous. The kids are stuck inside all day for WEEKS!! (They don't go to the gym, they sit in their classrooms and either talk or watch a tv show). Their poor teachers! I send them outside as soon as they come home to work off that energy!
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Posted: 1/21/2013 11:10:02 AM
40 here in Central Texas... Which always cracks me up because I was raised in Missouri and we went out when our nose hairs would freeze. 40 was downright balmy!

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Posted: 1/21/2013 11:10:27 AM
I just checked our district website - it has to be -28C (-18.4F) before they keep the kids inside. They might shorten the recess to 10 minutes if it's -20C (-4F).

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Posted: 1/21/2013 11:21:15 AM
I'm not sure our elementary school has a policy on this. Last week when I was subbing we were sending kindergarteners out in 10 degree weather. It was up to the duty teacher how long they were out. Morning recess came in half way through. Afternoon was out the whole recess both lunch and afternoon. The older kids were outside their full recess all day.

Today they might have been inside, but they have the day off. It is really, really freaking cold for here. I don't remember a winter like this since I was a kid. We have pipe heaters on our pipes and we've still had problems with frozen pipes.

There are a few kids who don't have the clothing for the weather and some teachers are keeping those kids in. It boggles the mind that kids are still coming to school in hoodies without gloves and hats when we've had the coldest January in 10 years. There are lots of charities that give away coats and if you ask at the school they usually have a few to give as well. My son's zipper on his coat broke and he came home in a different coat the school just gave him. We gave it back when we got him a new one so it could go to another kid in need.


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Posted: 1/21/2013 11:23:48 AM
My 5th grader does not have recess if the temp is under 40F. There have been some nice, sunny, 35-40 days recently when they should have been allowed outside. Unfortunately, they either played in the gym or had recess canceled.

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Posted: 1/21/2013 11:27:55 AM
I am in Alberta, it is -25C when the kids are kept inside. School is never cancelled for any kind of weather event. The kids go to school even if it is -40C.

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Posted: 1/21/2013 11:30:47 AM
I believe they require indoor recess at 105*F.

I don't know if we have ever been too cold to be outside, maybe last week when it was 17* outside when they arrived. I think they just went right to classrooms. I'm not sure we have a cold policy in place really.


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Posted: 1/21/2013 11:31:01 AM
I want to say that when I taught, we didn't go out if it was under 40. So depending on what time of day your recess was, you might not go out for several days. I had afternoon recess most of the time, so a lot of days it had gotten up to at least 40 by that time of day.

We had more problems with the temperature being too hot to go outside.


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Posted: 1/21/2013 11:34:14 AM

I just checked our district website - it has to be -28C (-18.4F) before they keep the kids inside. They might shorten the recess to 10 minutes if it's -20C (-4F).

Ditto, but the recesses are not shortened at all if it's warmer than -28C. I'm in Manitoba.

It was -47F with the windchill here this AM. School buses are cancelled at -49F or colder, so we just squeaked in

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Posted: 1/21/2013 11:37:44 AM
0 as long as it isn't icy or snowing buckets - otherwise light rain and snow they have the option of outdoors or indoors. It's usually 10-20 thus time of year and do they are outside running around.

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