As the weather is turning colder, we find many parents asking about outdoor play. We understand the concern and wanted to share with you the Department of Education’s formal guidelines and how PS 135 will proceed with outdoor play during the upcoming months.
The NYCDOE website states the guidelines for outdoor play as follows:
Guidelines for Outdoor Play in Cold Weather
“We know that students benefit from vigorous exercise and should be given the opportunity to play outside whenever possible. Unless it is Snowing, there is ice on the playground, or the wind chill factor creates an effective temperature below zero degrees Fahrenheit (-18 degrees Celsius) temperature alone should not be a barrier to outdoor play. Take precautions to keep students warm and to ensure that they are appropriately dressed on very cold days. When outdoors, please ensure that your students cover exposed skin, wear warm clothing, and use multiple layers to maintain warmth.”
P.S 135 will be following these guidelines for outdoor play. We too see the benefits of gross motor play and exercise.
Each morning, the administrative team will check the temperature and yard conditions. Teachers will be notified daily if the conditions are appropriate. Students will be notified to wear appropriate clothing when going outside and adult staff will ensure that students have appropriate outerwear before sending them outside.
We ask that all families dress their children for outdoor play every day.
Many students are not bringing warm clothing with them on a daily basis.
This includes winter coats and other items to keep children’s heads and extremities warm. We encourage you to label all garments because gloves and hats are easily dropped.
If your child is sick, please send a note into school so other arrangements can be made for isolated instances.
Please feel free to call me with any questions or concerns.
Thank you in advance.