Dear Families,

As the weather turns significantly colder, I would like to take this opportunity to review the Pond Cove Winter Weather Recess Guidelines. Please send your child to school with a winter coat, snow pants, gloves/mittens, and a hat each day. I have pasted the guidelines from the Student and Family Handbook below.


Currently, there are no national or professional standards that preclude sending children outdoors for recess. Decisions for indoor recess are made within each district by the school administrative team and health services. 

At Pond Cove, decisions for outdoor winter recess are based upon temperature, wind chill factor, the condition of the outdoor play surfaces, and student clothing.

The teaching staff at Pond Cove recognizes the importance of recess as an integral part of a student's day at school. Research has proven that play and exercise during the school day helps students to focus better on their school work. If students are unable to access the outdoors, teachers incorporate movement into their indoor recess time.

When deciding on outdoor recess, Pond Cove staff refer to: Weather.com to check the actual temperature and the "feels-like" temperature with wind chill.

In an effort to keep all of the children at Pond Cove safe, students remain indoors when "feels-like temperatures" with wind chills, are below 0 degrees Fahrenheit.

It is important that students are prepared for the outdoor temperatures. This includes wearing snow pants, coats, hats, gloves/mittens, and boots.

Young children lose heat more rapidly than older children because of their size. Younger children are also less likely to recognize danger signs of cold exposure. When children are exposed to cold temperatures for an extended amount of time or are not properly dressed and have wet clothing, they are more likely to develop frostbite and hypothermia.

Recess during the winter months can be great fun for students if they are dressed appropriately. Thank you for partnering with us.


Pond Cove Health and Administrative Office Staff

Have a wonderful week. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.

Best Wishes,

Jason Manjourides