Every parent knows how painstaking it can be to get the little ones into and out of their snow gear. The hats, the mittens, the snow pants and coat can make many feel like they’re smack dab in the middle of a rinse, wash, and repeat cycle.
One Toronto elementary school was ready to cancel morning and afternoon recess for this very reason. Davisville Public School sent home a letter to parents on Friday announcing that on Monday recess would move to the beginning of the day at 8:45a.m. and then an extra 15 minutes would be added on to the lunch hour.
One mother tells the Toronto Star that teachers were complaining that getting the kids in and out of their gear was taking up to 40 minutes away from instructional time.
The school has since backed off this plan, which would have cancelled the current recess times for the entire year, not just the winter months.
Instead the issue will come up for further discussion during a parent council meeting in January.