Each year, I like to make this information readily available to you, so you can plan appropriately for your child’s outdoor attire. So, today’s your lucky day - here’s how we make decisions on whether we’ll be inside or outside for morning AND lunchtime recess!
Indoor Morning Recess (red flag) is enacted for a few different reasons. The first being temperature. The state recommends staying indoors if the temperature (including wind chill) is below 20 degrees. If the temperature at 8:05 is 20 degrees or less, we keep the children indoors. Now, the X factor on that is also what it feels like based on the wind chill. If the resting temperature is below 20 degrees, it’s indoor recess. If the resting temperature is above 20 degrees, but because of the wind chill it “feels like” less than 20 degrees, it is also indoor recess. A good example of this was one day last week when the temperature was 28 degrees, but because of the wind chill it felt like 18 - we stayed inside.
A second reason we would call indoor morning recess is based on the ground conditions in the back playground area. If the hot top is extremely icy or we had a heavy rain the night before and there are large, unavoidable puddles, morning recess may also be held indoors.
Finally, and this one is a bit more obvious, would be the precipitation. If it is snowing or raining heavily, we are likely to keep the students inside for recess. I, personally, tend to take my chances when we have a light drizzle or snow out there, but I’m sure sooner or later I’ll lose that bet and we’ll be outside getting torrentially downpoured on and scrambling to get in!
Lunch Recess follows the same guidelines, but the temperature and ground conditions are assessed at the beginning of each lunch block. There is no set rule that if it was indoor morning recess, then it needs to be indoor lunch recess. And to go farther, just because the first lunch block was indoors, does not mean that all lunch blocks must be. We constantly assess the conditions to make sure that the environment is suitable for your child, but we also keep in mind how important that social and health piece of being able to be with friends and run around outside is to all students.
To sum it all up, the temperature, ground conditions, and precipitation all play a role in that decision, but there is a certain amount of principal’s discretion that takes place as well. You know me and that safety is one of my biggest concerns, so rest assured that your child will be indoors or outdoors when appropriate. I hope you find having this information helpful!
I hope this update finds you all doing well! I can't believe we're down to the last few days of school already! This year has certainly flown by. We have been able to celebrate so much this year through our accomplishments centered around our RAISE initiative!
R - We have worked very hard on learning more about the power of respect through our interactions with others every day, our teachers working tirelessly on helping us understand what it truly means to give and get respect, and we've spent quite a bit of time focusing on the "R" in our Clarke's Classrooms, which were new this year!
A - As always, the Dragons never cease to amaze me. Each and every day all of our students come in, work hard, and have positive attitudes. We say it all the time, but as long as you try your best, we'll all be proud of you, and we are!
I - When we got the new playground this year, we also were lucky enough to have a Buddy Bench installed, and this has been the backbone of our Inclusion talks and lessons this year. I have seen countless students go up to people sitting on the bench and ask them to join in on their group activities. What a great way to meet and make new friends!
S - Where do I begin? The Bruins PJ Drive, Food Drive, Warm Clothing Drive, Personal Care Drive, Reading Buddy playground clean-up, and the list goes on and on. We have such a generous and selfless community! I look forward to seeing what good we bring to the world next year!
E - Sometimes the hardest of which to show a product. Again, our teachers and staff do a tremendous job at teaching our students how to take everyone's perspective into account in any situation. Albus Dumbledore once told Harry Potter, "It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities." We try to foster a sense of understanding and respect in each of our students so that they can make the right choices, AND when they don't to take ownership over their choices and learn from them. Our Franklin Dragons excel at making the right choices, even when the right choice isn't always the easy one.
I hope you have all had a fantastic year; I know I did! Have a great summer and we'll see you in September!
Mr. Clarke, M.Ed., C.A.G.S.
Principal, Franklin Elementary School (the greatest school on Earth!)