Saturday, January 15, 2011

A response from Roger Platt, M.D. Dir or School Health NYC Dept. of Education

Subject: RE: Outdoor play in cold weather

Ms. Perles
Attached is the latest post to the New York City Department of Education's Principal's Weekly on this issue.  After this post appeared, I received several e-mails from principals asking for more precise guidance.  My recommendations are as follows:
If the wind chill factor is above 20 degrees, it is safe to play outside.  If the wind chill factor is 0-20, outside play is advised provided that students are appropriately dressed and under observation to make sure that they are wearing their coats, hats and gloves.
Roger Platt, M.D.
Director of School Health
New York City Department of Education

New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

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