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Not going out for recess? Consuela* United States 5029 posts
Feb 27th '17

My son has ADHD, he really benifits from getting outside and moving around. His past teachers have let the kids outside for recess plus some. 
this year he often comes home and says they stayed inside for recess because it was too wet outside or too cold. (Too wet on days when its sunny and maybe a puddle left over from rain the day before)

and when they do stay inside he says the teacher puts on a movie for them.

Well I had a 504 meeting at the school, to adress what needs DS has. I mentioned the recess thing and his teacher, the asst principal all said oh they cant let the kids outside when its wet etc. And that theg have activities for them inside.


Well it was 52 degrees outside today in the middle of February and not a cloud in the sky. 
DS came home and said the teacher told them it was too cold outside and made them watch the magic school bus inside instead. While the other 2nd graders got to go outside.
Our neighbors son goes to the same school, same grade, different class/teacher. He said his class went outside. 


What would you do? I'm pretty annoyed. This teacher constantly complai s about DS being to active and talkative in class, yet on a nice sunny day he keeps them in sitting watching TV.

mommeof2 2 kids; United States 1664 posts
Feb 27th '17

I'd be annoyed too . Most kids do need to get outside during the school day to play or they getting aggravated. I'd ask the teacher why they stayed inside on such a nice day when the other classes went outside.  

.casper. TTC since Jan 2017; 3 kids; 1 angel baby; Neverland, NJ, Christmas Island 1968 posts
Feb 27th '17

I'd go in to school and speak to them again. Kids need outside time to play, special needs or not. My DDs school spends a lot of time outside and we live in the U.K, where it's cold and rains a lot. You can't stay inside because of puddles!

Mombie+2 Due December 27 (girl); TTC since Feb 2017; 2 kids; That place, Pa, United States 3186 posts
Feb 27th '17

I'd be annoyed too! Do you know any other parents of kids in the class? I'd talk to the teacher and if that doesn't help I'd maybe talk to them and see if they would be willing to talk to the teach about it with you? I'm sure no parent wants their kid cooped up inside watching tv instead of being outside playing on nice days. At ds's school they only keep them inside if it's like below 30 degrees or raining. And if it's wet or if there is snow they have black top only. But when they do have inside recess they have activities and they play they don't watch a movie or anything. 

tinana+3 3 kids; Orlando, FL, Virgin Islands 46857 posts
Feb 27th '17

Once a month the classes at our school (if they behave) are allowed to pick a positive reward for good behavior. Staying inside to watch a movie is one of them. Usually they inform the parents though.

This isn't the first time I remember you posting about problems with the school, you could always contact the school board if you aren't getting anywhere with the teacher.

bia. ., ., Portugal 102264 posts
Feb 27th '17

Uh I would be annoyed! I think every child benefits from going outside during break, especially a child with ADD/ADHD! That's just..nuts. My kids go outside even during winter at school/Kindy..UnknownUnknown 

bia. ., ., Portugal 102264 posts
Feb 27th '17

Quoting .casper.:
I'd go in to school and speak to them again. Kids need outside time to play, special needs or not. My DDs school spends a lot of time outside and we live in the U.K, where it's cold and rains a lot. You can't stay inside because of puddles!


Yep! 

Consuela* United States 5029 posts
Feb 27th '17

Glad I'm not just being crazy. 
They dismissed my concerns at the meeting like it wasn't happening that often, but it was a beautiful day today and they sat inside and watched a cartoon?! There seems to be no excuse for it.


Now the question is, since I've already mentioned it. How should I go about saying something again? His teacher has an app where I can basically IM him. Should I contact him that way? Shoul i email him? Should i go ahead and contact the vice principal? 

lamb_nodules 2 kids; United Kingdom 3710 posts
Feb 27th '17

Quoting .casper.:
I'd go in to school and speak to them again. Kids need outside time to play, special needs or not. My DDs school spends a lot of time outside and we live in the U.K, where it's cold and rains a lot. You can't stay inside because of puddles!


Haha, yeah, but we're in the UK. If you don't go out when it's wet, you don't go out. 38

I agree, though. Putting them in front of the telly? Unknown Lazy and insufficient. 

Consuela* United States 5029 posts
Feb 27th '17

Quoting lamb_nodules:

Haha, yeah, but we're in the UK. If you don't go out when it's wet, you don't go out. 38

I agree, though. Putting them in front of the telly? Unknown Lazy and insufficient. 


when i heard they didnt let the kids go out because of puddles all I could think was, then when the hell do they go out? It rained the day before and they are keeping them in today even though its sunny, just because there is a puddle left over?

♥Jessie♥ TTC since Sep 2017; 4 kids; 2 angel babies; Idaho 13827 posts
Feb 27th '17

I would contact the school board. I know that climate can be different so rules differ but here in Northern Idaho they play outside in the rain unless it is a downpour and the rule is if it is above ten degrees they can go outside. They inform parents of this at the beginning of the year and tell them to make sure their child is prepared for outside play because of how important it is for young children. The school is making excuses and I would make sure it is known. If the school board does nothing I would consider seeking out a local news outlet. Sometimes that can get things moving if enough people are upset by it. See if other parents are also upset and have them also address the school board.

tinana+3 3 kids; Orlando, FL, Virgin Islands 46857 posts
Feb 27th '17

Quoting Consuela*:
Glad I'm not just being crazy. 
They dismissed my concerns at the meeting like it wasn't happening that often, but it was a beautiful day today and they sat inside and watched a cartoon?! There seems to be no excuse for it.


Now the question is, since I've already mentioned it. How should I go about saying something again? His teacher has an app where I can basically IM him. Should I contact him that way? Shoul i email him? Should i go ahead and contact the vice principal? 


Depends on how often it's really happening. Once a month, I'd let it go. While most children benefit from being outside, there are some children that don't like to be outside and the school should be meeting the needs of everyone. 

Emailing him can't hurt at this point.

lamb_nodules 2 kids; United Kingdom 3710 posts
Feb 27th '17

Quoting Consuela*:

when i heard they didnt let the kids go out because of puddles all I could think was, then when the hell do they go out? It rained the day before and they are keeping them in today even though its sunny, just because there is a puddle left over?


I mean, I don't know where you live, but the UK is known for being wet and miserable. Any season. You got BBQ planned and it rains? You put up a canopy. You planned a ramble and it rains? You wear a raincoat. You're in school and there are puddles? You put on your spare wellies and jump in them. You don't cancel shit because it rains/might rain/has rained. If they waited for perfect weather here, we'd all just stay in most for the time. 

bia. ., ., Portugal 102264 posts
Feb 27th '17

Quoting lamb_nodules:

I mean, I don't know where you live, but the UK is known for being wet and miserable. Any season. You got BBQ planned and it rains? You put up a canopy. You planned a ramble and it rains? You wear a raincoat. You're in school and there are puddles? You put on your spare wellies and jump in them. You don't cancel shit because it rains:might rain/has rained. If they waited for perfect weather here, we'd all just stay in most for the time. 


Pretty much the same here...

lamb_nodules 2 kids; United Kingdom 3710 posts
Feb 27th '17

Quoting bia.:

Pretty much the same here...


Oh, really? Oh, no. I thought it was warm and beautiful there!