Cold Keeps Kids Inside

It's outdoor recess at Windemere View, but the rest of the week, it probably won't be.

"It's about four degrees above zero right now, so this is probably one of our last days that we'll have the chance to play," says Windemere View Principal Vickie Tisdale.

That's because Waverly Community Schools has a cold weather policy in place.

"If it's zero or below, our children do not play outside during the day," Tisdale says.

The same goes for East Lansing and Holt Schools. When the bell rings at Midway Elementary, teachers make sure coats are zipped and hats and gloves are on. It's an effort to put safety first.

"Obviously it's a medical concern," Tisdale explains. "We're concerned about frostbite, and with the little ones, they might not even realize what's happening, so they might not be able to communicate that."

Before, during, and after school, the cold weather is throwing a wrench into the routine.

"Normally, if it wasn't so cold, we've have them go outside, sled on our hill," says Milton Alston, a programmer at Lansing's Gier Community Center. "They come out and build snowmen, a variety of activities to enjoy the winter wonderland."

But below zero temperatures means even after school, kids at Gier Community Center won't be able to enjoy the snow.

"We try to keep them inside the building, especially for the next three, four days," Alston explains. "We have plenty of activities they can do in our gym or our game room."

Activities sure to keep them busy until the weather warms up, and they can go outside to play.


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