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District of Melrose Public School System

Heat Advisory Guidelines for Recess and Outdoor Physical Activity
Fresh air and exercise is an important part of the school day. Time spent outdoors gives students the opportunity to engage in activities that allow them to relax from the structure of the classroom for a short while. There are times, however, when it is not safe for students to be outside. Please consider the following guidelines in regards to modifying school recess, other outdoor physical activity, or physical education classes.
Each school is responsible to determine the criteria for such decisions regarding safety of outdoor activity on a day-to-day basis. Melrose Public Schools will adhere to standardized decision making for outdoor recess based on weather conditions reported for zip code 02176 at www.weather.com.
Conditions that should be considered in the determination:
Temperature
Humidity
Heat Index
Age of Students
Length of Time Outdoors
Adequacy of Clothing of the Children
Condition of Playground

Recess & Outdoor Physical Activity
1. When the temperature index (“feels like” temperature based on www.weather.com for zip code 02176) reaches 95 degrees or above, Principals should reconsider outside recess and provide for safe indoor activity.
2. Teachers should encourage consumption of water by students before and after recess. Additionally, any student who shows signs of overheating should be allowed a water break during the recess period.
3. Teachers should be aware of medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, allergies, etc. which may put individual students at a higher risk of heat illness. There is no reason to limit a student’s participation unless a known risk is obvious, if an accommodation is specified in a 504 plan or if the parent has advised the school that their child should not participate.
4. It is the parent/guardian’s responsibility to ensure their children come to school dressed appropriately for the weather, including sunscreen.

 

District of Melrose Public School System
Cold Weather Advisory Guidelines for Recess & Outdoor Physical Activity

Fresh air and exercise is an important part of the school day. Time spent outdoors gives students the opportunity to engage in activities that allow them to relax from the structure of the classroom for a short while. It is difficult to set guidelines that fit every circumstance and condition in regards to outside activity during cold weather. Please consider the following guidelines in regards to modifying school recess, other outdoor physical activity, or physical education classes.
Each school is responsible to determine the criteria for such decisions regarding safety of outdoor activity on a day-to-day basis. Melrose Public Schools will adhere to standardized decision making for outdoor recess based on weather conditions reported for zip code 02176 at www.weather.com.
Conditions that should be considered in the determination:
Temperature
Wind Chill
Age of Students
Length of Time Outdoors
Adequacy of Clothing of the Children
Condition of the Playground

Recess & Outdoor Physical Activity
1. When properly clothed, elementary school-aged children can participate in safe, vigorous play in an outdoor environment in most weather conditions. Increased caution should be practiced when temperatures are below30 degrees, including the wind chill factor.
2. When temperatures fall below 20 degrees including the wind chill, students are kept indoors (“feels like” temperature based on www.weather.com for zip code 02176).
3. Each year students and parents should be informed of the school’s cold weather guidelines, along with reminders about the necessity of wearing appropriate clothing for cold weather activities. It is the parent/guardian’s responsibility to ensure their children come to school dressed appropriately for the weather.
4. Requests to stay indoors based on health reasons must be honored. The parent and school nurse, in consultation with the principal, must work to determine a workable system for when the child should not participate in outdoor activities due to health.

 

 During periods of heavy rain or morning temps below 20 degrees,students will line-up indoors in the hall. Please use the First Street drop-off on these days to ease traffic congestion.