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More Snow and Low Temperatures Mean Schools are Keeping an Eye on Kids at Recess

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YAKIMA, WA.- It's a winter wonderland in Yakima and while the snow may not be fun to drive in, it sure is fun to play in, but with temperatures dipping into the low 30's when does it become unsafe for kids to be outside. We checked in with the Yakima School District to see how they make the decision to cancel recess during the winter season.

According to the district, it's up to each school's own principal to decide whether to send kids out for recess, but all principals go by a rule of thumb.  

"We have a golden rule, if it's 20 degrees with wind chill or without that's pretty much our cut off, if it's twenty degrees or below we are going to be holding the kids inside," Principal Steve Browmlow, at Nob Hill Elementary, said.

   

On Thursday, Nob Hill Elementary decided to go ahead with recess, but students still needed to follow some rules.     

"Certainly some of the toys they like to play on are more slippery than normal, so we put cones on those and take them out of service," Principal Brownlow said.

    

The school, along with others in the district, close off certain playground equipment if snow or rain causes slippery conditions. They also have a strict "no snow ball throwing" policy, but at Nob Hill Elementary they still let the kids get their snow ball energy out, they place a target on the playground every year.

"It gives students a place to throw snow balls where it's safe to do so, so they get that outlet, but its safe and no one gets in trouble," Principal Brownlow said.

   

We're expected to see snow through the evening, so keep an eye on school closures for Friday.

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