STATEWIDE – The University of Maine looked into how Maine school principals decide when to let elementary school kids go outdoors for recess.
Lauren Jacobs, a lecturer in physical education, studied how the cold weather affects schools’ recess policies.
In 2017 she conducted a survey of Maine elementary school principals and found southern Maine grade schools typically would not cancel recess until it was 20 degrees and colder outside, while northern Maine grade schools on average did not cancel outdoor recess until it was below zero.
“Kids that move more do better in school and they’re healthier physically and emotionally and so as educators it’s really an important goal that we get kids moving as much as we can,” she said.
Jacobs said the goal of the study is to make school officials think about adjusting their policy to get kids more outside recess time.