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DASD Winter Recess Weather Requirements

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To the board of education and superintendent of the DeForest Area School District, we are bringing this petition to you to try and solve a concern that I feel is aligned with myself and others within the school district.

Recently I have spoken with several parents and staff members here in the district and we have shared similar emotions on the current weather guidelines for outdoor recess and activities during the winter season. I reached out to Jan Berg to see if there were set guidelines for recess across the district, however it sounds like the decision has been left at the buildings themselves. There doesn't seem to be a set regulation at the top level (I did attempt to find such information on both the student handbook and the DASD website for winter guidelines). The only guidelines I found pertain to school closings and/or delays.

For Eagle Point Elementary, currently the rule is based on "feel like" temperature being zero degrees or above. There is also a rule in place which the children are not allowed to re-enter the building once they are outside if they have forgotten their coat, gloves, and/or hat. We do understand that this was put forth to instill children not to forget their clothing items the next recess (and avoid students from roaming the halls), we feel that these two regulations contradict with one another in the best interest to provide physical and mental support for our children as a whole across the entire district.

During recess, we've seen numerous students crying because of the cold climates. Some students with certain health concerns have also expressed a lack of comfort. Not that I am seeking pity, my son and I have exercise induced asthma which most days is not a concern, however extreme temperatures can cause undesirable results. We also understand that such a change in the district would mean possible restructuring of the schedule (Dec-Feb), but feel if gym activities did not overlap with recess/lunch hours that it would be possible to find a solution so that children can exhaust indoors on very cold days, be it in common/family areas of the buildings and/or gyms (wherever possible).

With respect and sincerity to a district which I have loved to be involved with and continue to enjoy every minute of activities with the children, we would like to bring forth the following petition to find a solution to this concern for all buildings of the district. Upon speaking with others, it was discussed that a "feel like" temperature of ten degrees and above would be more in line with reasonable winter weather for outdoor play and activities (a rule which I utilize for my children at home for outdoor play). This change would allow for compensation due to unexpected differences of the wind chill factor while outdoors as well.

I would like to thank each and every one of you who signs this petition, as well as the counsel and/or board for considering the thoughts we have been expressed in this petition.

Best wishes on behalf of all and myself,

Jennifer Vergara 

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