Give Sask Children Back Play... Phase 3
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Give Children Back Play – Phase III
COVID started to effect the lives of the people of Saskatchewan on March 11. As of March 20 the children in this province had their world shrink to the size of their home. Some of those homes are small, and do not have outdoor space or a yard.
RPS said it best; Everyone is applauding everyone but our children. These little heroes have stayed indoors more than they’ve ever known in their lives. Their whole worlds have literally been turned upside down and they don’t know why. Vacations, sports and activities, play dates and school canceled. They need some sort of normal in their lives. They are screaming (literally) for the ability to be kids.
Early studies show that children are not ‘superspreaders’ of COVID. The CDC is saying that it ‘does not spread easily’ on surfaces. There is safe ways to return play to children. We do not need spaces that draw huge crowds, such as spray parks, but if all playgrounds opened it would spread kids out and give them the opportunity to play.
Outdoor play is an important part of childhood. Studies show children learn a lot from playing outdoors. Physical skills are important for growth, coordination and the movement of the body. When children play outdoors they increase their ability to balance, jump, climb, throw, run & skip. The studies are clear; children NEED outdoor physical play. The benefits are numerous. Giving the children the freedom of playing outdoors helps them feel happier and calmer. It helps expel pent up energy and leads to calmer more focused children.
Please, with phase III of the reopen plan, add in playgrounds. If restrictions are needed, parents will understand. We know that it will need to be monitored, and the responsibility for monitoring them would lay on our shoulders. We need playgrounds. With everything our children have lost, we need a low risk return to normal.
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