Many years ago, schools were advised to keep children inside when the temperature is below 32 degrees. In 2004, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene reviewed this policy and recommended that a combination of factors should be used to determine whether outdoor play is advisable.
Children benefit from vigorous exercise and should be given the opportunity to play outside whenever possible. You should use your judgment in determining whether conditions are satisfactory for outside play in cold weather, based on the temperature, wind speed, precipitation, and other factors. For example, outside play on a sunny, windless day when the temperature is below 32 degrees can be suitable as long as children are appropriately dressed. Note that occasionally, children with asthma may experience increased symptoms when playing in cold weather (however, exercise-related asthma may occur at any temperature and can usually be prevented by pre-treatment).
Montgomery Public Schools Rockville, MD
Children will go outside for recess everyday unless the wind chill index is below 15 degrees according to the National Weather Service (Willow Run) or it is raining. This guideline has been established in conjunction with the Wayne County Health Department.
The elementary school principals in District 199 have set the following guidelines in determining whether children will be allowed to go outside for recess: if the outside air temperature is less than 0 degrees Farenheit or the wind chill is -10 degrees or
The Saint Paul Public School District uses a guideline of 0 degrees or colder air temperature, or below 0 wind-chill. These schools get most of their weather information from web sites that use official temperature and wind-chill for the Minneapolis/Saint Paul area.
The Anoka/Hennepin school district, which covers much of the Twin Cities from Bloomington to Coon Rapids, has a policy that recess will be held indoors if the air temperature is 0 degrees or colder, or the wind-chill is -10 below or colder.
The Minneapolis Public Schools have a plan that allows the principal of each school to determine if recess will be indoors or outdoors. The policy does not use a specific temperature but counts on a common sense approach.
Rockwood School District Eureka, MO
School District of South Orange and Mapplewood, NJ
Forest Hills Local Schools Cincinnati, OH