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Thread: How cold is too cold for children to be out playing?

  1. #26
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    Looking ahead to the next school year, you need to get a note,or speak to directly, to the actual teacher about the issues with the childs health. My DD is a third grad teacher..and they don't get all the info they should on each child. my grandson was a preemie and has lung issues..when i babysit a couple days a week..we go outside here in michigan, it was 22 on friday, and we were in the backyard for 1/2 and hour. we had fun..he loves it. he is not in any distress..he gets sick from being cooped up in a daycare with sick kids, not from being outside.
    When my son was in 1st grade, the school let them outside in winter (here in michigan).the problem i had with it, is they let them play on the swings and slides..so dangerous, so slippery, Joey fell off the slides steps and hit his head,and ended up in the Peds ICU..for 3 days. now that was just plain wrong..

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    Wow! I agree with the previous poster. I teach kdg in a public school. First, let me say that I think children today are too pampered! Going out (well-bundled, of course) for a few minutes can be rejuvinating! However....the parent's request should ALWAYS be followed. Unfortunately, as a kdg teacher, I do not generally have the health information conveyed to me. Our students' medical forms go directly to the nurse...let me emphasize...very RARELY is anything ever conveyed to me. That is why, at the beginning of the school year (or whenever a new student moves in), I give the parents a short student info sheet to fill in for me...so they have the opportunity to tell me these things. I know that parents think that by filling in the medical forms that the teachers will know the background for the child...that is just truly not so. I am in no way criticizing you for being upset, please understand that. But, I can see how the teacher may not have known about your daughter's health background. Also...I don't take my students out very much at all in the winter...unfortunately, many parents today do not dress their children appropriately for the cold weather. It has been in the single digits here this past week and windy and snowy...over half of my students were not wearing gloves/mittens or any kind of hat/hood. Very, very sad. I hit the dollar store yesterday and bought several pair of mittens and hats to take into school with me tomorrow. Personally, I would never take kids out unless it is over 20 degrees with very little wind...I don't want to be out there, myself! Still, I worry about my little ones as they walk from the bus stop to their houses.

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    Pam, how true and sad...the last few years i made/cut simple fleece scarfs for my DD 3rd graders, i got the fleece all on sale at JoAnns, a few friends got together and we cut them all out....for some we went to Kohls, and they provided coats for alot of the kids..it was a blessing.
    68% of the school is on free or reduced lunch..a sign of the layoffs and parents out of work.
    i also buy gloves from the dollor store and keep them in my car,hand them out when i see people walking without gloves.. my husband was laid off for 8 months and i don't work. so i know how hard it can be. I get blessed back in many ways..
    My Daughter does the same thing..she sends out a kids questioneer..to start tthe new year out..

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