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Published January 06, 2010, 05:51 PM

Too Cold For Recess?

All of the snow and frigid temperatures are keeping some students inside.

By: Christine Boggy, WDAZ

All of the snow and frigid temperatures are keeping some students inside.

When temperatures dip below a certain temperature most schools have a policy that keeps students inside. All other times, recess is left up to teacher discretion.

Karla McDonald/First Grade Teacher: "I didn't send kids out because I checked the wind chill and the wind chill was below zero."

Most teachers have a similar response when the temperature drops, but if it's not too terribly cold and there are students that want to go out, one teacher may stay in with kids while the other goes out.

McDonald: "If we have a partner teacher the kids who want to go outside if it's close to zero or one or two about then that teacher will the kids outside who want to go and then I might stay in with the kids who want to have indoor recess."

However, those times that temperatures are frigid and too dangerous to have kids out, Grand Forks schools enforce their cold weather policy to keep students safe. The last thing they want is someone getting frostbite or hypothermia.

Darryl Tunseth/Phoenix Elementary Principal: "You get frostbite in a matter of minutes so no we wouldn't have anybody going outside, what we go by is zero or below, we keep the children in."

So what do kids do when they have to stay inside?

McDonald: "Normal indoor recess would be playing with puzzles, games, they can read books."

The schools say they tell parents to send kids to school, assuming they will go out for recess, and to have the proper cold weather gear.

Tunseth: "We encourage children to be dressed appropriately for school but the bottom line is it's always up to the parent, if they prefer their child to stay inside all they have to do is contact the teacher, send a note with and we'll respect that."

Today's wind chill was at about ten below and its expected to reach around thirty below tomorrow, which according to principals will keep most students inside.