Schools Keeping Kids in During Cold Snap

Schools Keeping Kids in During Cold Snap

Ridgeview Elementary’s playground sits silent today.

All the noise and commotion came from inside the school, where recess is taking place.

Teachers are doing what they can to give children something to do inside these walls.

“I’m trying to make it optional so the kids get a break,” said 3rd grade teacher Kelly McIlrath.

The winter season brings a draft of cold weather, and school districts like Yakima are making sure they follow protocol — when is cold too cold?

According to the school district, principals are advised to set that limit at 20 degrees, of course any lower or higher is completely up to their discretion.

“If there is rain or snow, if there is high winds, we count the wind chill into that,” said Ridgeview principal K.C. Mitchell.

Of course, if the weather permits, children will be allowed to go outside.

To help keep your child safe, administrators reccommend feeding them a full breakfast to keep their bodies fully functioning, and of course bundling them as tightly as possible, gloves, hats boots.

“If we have kids who don’t have enough clothes, we have those on site to provide for kids,” said Mitchell, “The PTA, sometimes the outside agencies provide that.”

It might seem like a few mindless minutes away from the classroom, but educations professionals stress recess is a necessity to children, it gives their brains a break from studies, and allows all that pent up energy to burn up.

Teachers also need a little time to theirselves, but most are willing to share that break with the kids, if mother nature isn’t cooperating.

“If I’m needing to really-really focus, having the noise in here can be a challenge, but we make do,” said McIlrath, “It’s more important that the kids are inside.”