Originally Posted by PH in VA
Do your elementary schools do outside recess in the winter? The teachers here are encouraged to take the kids outside so long as the temperature is above freezing. (They do take wind chill into consideration, too.)
Then again, our elementary is one of those [insert favorite derogatory adjective] pod-style schools, where each grade is in a separate building, and it's necessary to walk outside to go to the cafeteria, gym, music building, office, library, or from one grade to another. So the kids here are often in and out of their coats. It's a PITA.
Yes, if its above freezing(with wind chill factored in) they go outside for recess. DS does wear a heavier coat for school when it gets that cold. He's still just wearing a jacket. Last year was unseasonably warm and Bbaby's jacket still looks brand new as she only wore it three times.
But I figure if the wind chill places it above freezing and the sun is out, that's warm enough to wear long sleeves and a heavy jacket rather than a bulky coat.