SD73 cold weather decisions up to individual schools

By James Peters
January 13, 2017 - 1:11pm Updated: January 13, 2017 - 2:06pm

KAMLOOPS — Cold temperatures like the ones Kamloops has experienced this week present a conundrum for elementary school administrators.

They must decide whether to keep students inside and warm during break times, or to send them out for much-needed exercise and physical activity.

District 73 Assistant Superintendent Rob Schoen says there is no district-wide policy, and the decision is made by each principal on a case-by-case basis.

"The younger the students, the more they need to get out and exercise everyday. Principals take every opportunity where they can to safely get kids outside. What they take into consideration is, weather, ambient temperature, wind chill, precipitation, sunshine, how well the children are dressed," said Schoen.

Schoen adds the principal also needs to take supervision concerns into consideration when making the decision.

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