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PK - 4th Grade Non-Participation in Class / Activities

            Recess—All students are expected to participate in recess each day.  Recess will be held outdoors on all days in which weather permits.  Therefore, students should dress appropriately on all days as they will be expected to go outside with their class.  Students not participating may bring a note from home or their physician.  Our school policy only allows a student to use a note from home for three (3) school days after which time a parental note should be replaced with a doctor’s note.  Any student missing physical education, for any reason, will not be permitted to participate in recess activities.  He/She will go outside for recess and may be an observer, but may not participate in recess activities.  Parents need to communicate any recess excuse to both the school nurse and the classroom teacher.  Parents who wish to discuss a particular situation may contact their student’s classroom teacher.

            Physical Education—As a vital part of our curriculum, all students are required to participate in physical education.  To be excused from participating, a student MUST have a doctor’s note stating why he/she cannot participate and for how long the student will be excused.  If a student is injured and is waiting to go to a doctor, a parental note may be used.  However, a parental note will only be good for one day.  The student MUST have a doctor’s note to continue to be excused from physical education class.  Any student with an excused absence/non-participation day in physical education is not permitted to participate in active extracurricular functions.  This includes sports, camps, bowling, intramural athletics and travel sports teams.  Please keep in mind that teachers are not physicians.  When notes are being written to our teachers, be specific.  The note must contain a stop and start date for the restrictions.  Terms such as “limited activity, some activity, not too much activity, and do what they feel like” are very ambiguous and open to varied interpretation.  Therefore, any notes which are not specific will be interpreted as no physical activity.  Students who physically do not participate in physical education class will be responsible for everything taught on an informational/knowledge/intellectual basis.  However, a student must also participate to earn at least a satisfactory grade in physical education.  Prolonged absence from physical education, without a doctor’s excuse, could jeopardize the student’s grade.  Therefore, all communication for excused participation from physical education should be made with the physical education teacher.  Parents who wish to discuss a particular situation may contact their student’s physical education teacher.

            After School Activities—Any student who is ill and has either not attended school or has been sent home sick from school may not participate in any after-school activities until symptom free for twenty-four (24) hours.  In order to participate in any extra-curricular or after school activity, a student must be in attendance at school a minimum of one half day on the day of the event.

Participation in hands-on science is important to learning science, and students are encouraged to participate in dissection activities that are part of the curriculum.  Schools will provide alternative activities for students who have objections to animal dissections. 

CLASSROOM PROCEDURES FOR DISSECTION ACTIVITIES—When dissection is used in the classroom:  Teachers will thoroughly explain the learning objectives of the lesson; All specimens will be treated with respect; All students will be informed prior to the dissection that they have the option of discussing individual concerns about dissection with their teacher; Upon completion of the dissection, the remains will be appropriately disposed of as recommended by the local board of public health.

PROCEDURES FOR STUDENTS REQUESTING AN ALTERNATIVE TO DISSECTION—When dissection is part of the curriculum, schools will provide alternative activities for students who object to dissections.  Expectations for student learning is the same for students who participate in dissections and those who opt for an alternative to dissection. The procedure and expectations for a student requesting an alternative to dissection is as follows:  At least one week prior to the dissection activity, a student’s parent or guardian will submit in writing a request for an alternative to dissection; The teacher will determine an acceptable alternative to dissection and will specify in writing what is expected of the student. Alternative to dissection activities will allow students to gain the same content knowledge as a dissection activity and will require a comparable investment of time and effort by the student; The student will complete the alternative activity within the assigned time and will be expected to learn the same content knowledge as if the student performed the dissection activity; The student will be subject to the same course standards and assessments as other students in the class.


Understand the Weather

Wind Chill  

 30°is chilly and generally uncomfortable
 15°to 30° is cold x 0° to 15° is very cold
 -20° to 0° is bitter cold with significant risk of frostbite
 -20° to -60° is extreme cold and frostbite is likely
 -60° is frigid and exposed skin will freeze in 1 minute

Heat Index 

 80° or below is considered comfortable
 90° beginning to feel uncomfortable
 100° uncomfortable and may be hazardous
 110° considered dangerous

All temperatures are in degrees Fahrenheit

Watching the Weather

Watching the weather is part of a child care provider’s job. Planning for playtime, field trips, or weather safety is part of the daily routine. The changes in weather require the child care provider to monitor the health and safety of children. What clothing, beverages, and protections are appropriate? Clothe children to maintain a comfortable body temperature (warmer months - lightweight cotton, colder months - wear layers of clothing). Beverages help the body maintain a comfortable temperature. Water or fruit juices are best. Avoid high-sugar content beverages and soda pop. Sunscreen may be used year around. Use a sunscreen labeled as SPF-15 or higher. Read and follow all label instructions for the sunscreen product. Look for sunscreen with UVB and UVA ray protection. Shaded play areas protect children from the sun.

           Condition GREEN - Children may play outdoors and be comfortable. Watch for signs of children becoming uncomfortable while playing. Use precautions regarding clothing, sunscreen, and beverages for all child age groups.

INFANTS AND TODDLERS are unable to tell the child care provider if they are too hot or cold. Children become fussy when uncomfortable. Infants/toddlers will tolerate shorter periods of outdoor play. Dress infants/toddlers in lightweight cotton or cotton-like fabrics during the warmer months. In cooler or cold months dress infants in layers to keep them warm. Protect infants from the sun by limiting the amount of time outdoors and playing in shaded areas. Give beverages when playing outdoors.

YOUNG CHILDREN remind children to stop playing, drink a beverage, and apply more sunscreen.

OLDER CHILDREN need a firm approach to wearing proper clothing for the weather (they may want to play without coats, hats or mittens). They may resist applying sunscreen and drinking beverages while outdoors.

           Condition YELLOW - use caution and closely observe the children for signs of being too hot or cold while outdoors. Clothing, sunscreen, and beverages are important. Shorten the length of outdoor time.

INFANTS AND TODDLERS use precautions outlined in Condition Green. Clothing, sunscreen, and beverages are important. Shorten the length of time for outdoor play.

YOUNG CHILDREN may insist they are not too hot or cold because they are enjoying playtime. Child care providers need to structure the length of time for outdoor play for the young child.

OLDER CHILDREN need a firm approach to wearing proper clothing for the weather (they may want to play without coats, hats or mittens), applying sunscreen and drinking liquids while playing outdoors.

           Condition RED - most children should not play outdoors due to the health risk.

INFANTS/TODDLERS should play indoors and have ample space for large motor play.

YOUNG CHILDREN may ask to play outside and do not understand the potential danger of weather conditions.

OLDER CHILDREN may play outdoors for very short periods of time if they are properly dressed, have plenty of fluids. Child care providers must be vigilant about maximum protection of children.

Understanding the Weather

The weather forecast may be confusing unless you know the meaning of the words.

Blizzard Warning: There will be snow and strong winds that produce a blinding snow, deep drifts, and life threatening wind chills. Seek shelter immediately.

Heat Index Warning: How hot it feels to the body when the air temperature (in Fahrenheit) and relative humidity are combined.

Relative Humidity: The percent of moisture in the air.

Temperature: The temperature of the air in degrees Fahrenheit.

Wind: The speed of the wind in miles per hour.

Wind Chill Warning: There will be sub-zero temperatures with moderate to strong winds expected which may cause hypothermia and great danger to people, pets and livestock.

Winter Weather Advisory: Weather conditions may cause significant inconveniences and may be hazardous. If caution is exercised, these situations should not become life threatening.

Winter Storm Warning: Severe winter conditions have begun in your area.

Winter Storm Watch: Severe winter conditions, like heavy snow and ice are possible within the next day or two.

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