Outdoor Recess Policy
The CT State Department of Education guidelines for outdoor recess temperatures are as follows:
- Children can go outside when the temperatures are above 15 degrees Fahrenheit (including wind chill factor) and below 90 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Outdoor time should be limited to 20 to 30 minutes when temperatures are between 16 to 32 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Outdoor time is safe settings, supervised by adults.
As you can see, the CT DOE deems it safe for children to go outside in temperatures down to 15 degrees including wind chill. Here at Butler, we will use the temperature of 20 degrees Fahrenheit including wind chill. So - as long as the outside temperature is 20 degrees Fahrenheit or above, plan on outdoor recess. We will use the Weather Channel as our official temperature, with Mystic as the location.
All this being stated - children are to be properly dressed with coats, hats and mittens or gloves during periods of extreme weather.. As in the past, if there is snow on the ground, children must be wearing proper snow suits - including pants & jackets to play in the snow.