Living in a rain forest offers many diverse weather conditions. It makes sense, therefore, that we are all well-prepared to be outside in the rain. It is also exceptionally important for children to get outside throughout the day for fresh air and exercise. Research has proven time and time again, the impact that physical activity has on learning.
Being prepared for the weather | We know that if kids are well-prepared to be outside in the rain they actually enjoy it. As long as they stay dry and warm there is a great deal of fun to be had in all kinds of weather. We have noticed recently that many students come to school unprepared for being outside in the rain (e.g., wearing hoodies and jackets that are not waterproof). To be completely prepared for wet-weather outdoor time, it is important for your child to have appropriate clothing such as: a rain jacket, rubber boots, an umbrella, a rain hat or coat with a hood, a change of clothes (sweatpants, socks, underwear, t-shirt).
Severe weather accommodations | We occasionally have weather conditions that are unreasonable to expect students to stay outside in. These days include hard, driving rain with extreme cold or wind. In these situations, we intend to declare it an inside day. This will be decided by the principal on a case-by-case basis; however, students are still expected to come to school completely prepared for outdoor play time and should not come to school expecting to be inside during recess and lunch.