Recess Information

CLOTHING AND OUTDOOR RECESS
Please mark your child's name on or inside all his or her coats, hats, gloves, scarves, snow pants, boots and indoor shoes. This will help prevent their loss.

Exercise and fresh air are especially important for young children. We hold outdoor recess in temperatures as low as to 20˚ below zero windchill! (Please click here to see the chart with the cut-off line based on wind chill and frost bite danger.) So please make sure your child leaves for school with every clothing item needed for cold weather. During the winter this includes boots, snow pants, coat, gloves or mittens, scarves and hats. Since we cannot allow a child to be uncomfortable or injured because of insufficient clothing, and because recess is important for children's health and classroom conduct, parents will be phoned and asked to bring missing items so their child will not have to miss recess.

M.E. PLAYGROUND RULES

  • Children walk out to the playground with the teacher in an orderly fashion.
  • Children must remain in view of the playground supervisors at all times.
  • Children cannot play in the swamp area behind the playground equipment.
  • Children can play in the ball field only if there is a supervisor in the ball field.
  • Children must take turns using popular toys

 

If there is a potential for danger in what children are doing, it will be stopped by playground supervisors. Some examples of what are considered unsafe activities that would be stopped include:

  • Wrestling or other rough play
  • Playing on utilidors or any other equipment that is not for play
  • Throwing things (such as snowballs or sand)
  • Breaking equipment rules

 

Children must use all playground equipment properly.

  • Only go down the slides (do not walk up the slides )
  • Keep the chains straight on swings (do not twist on the swings )
  •  Only one on a regular swing at a time (no doubles on swings)
  • “Underdog” is not allowed
  • Stay on a swing until it stops (no jumping off swings)
  • Go one direction on the monkey bars and other climbing toys

 

Upon breaking a rule, students will be warned, and then placed in time out for an age-appropriate period of time. If the activity continues or is immediately dangerous, the student will be sent inside to the Office for a period of time or the remainder of recess.

 

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