Heidi Cardenas: Too cold for recess


To the editor:

I have wanted to write this for a long time now and after reading the story about the school district’s policy on cold weather recess, I felt it was necessary.

When I read the superintendent’s comment, “It could be 11 degrees, but if the wind is crisp and biting, the principal can make a decision,” it made me mad.

The principals have the right to make this decision but have not actually done so.

My kids go to East Elementary School and a few weeks ago the wind was blowing and extremely cold, and yet principal Sarah Hepworth had them outside.

It was cold enough I made my kids wear their snow pants and boots just to stay warm.

They had to stand outside in the blistering cold and yet principal Hepworth was inside where it was nice and toasty.

Maybe if we start sending her the doctor’s bills after they are sick from standing outside, she would reconsider letting them inside.

I know I am not the only parent who thinks this way. I personally think even 10 degrees and no wind is too chilly to be outside.

If your kids were at home, you would not be letting them outside at that temp.

Heidi Cardenas


David Moore 6 years, 3 months ago

That is what boots, hats, gloves, coats and scarves are for. Just being outside in the cold is not going to make your kid sick, keeping them cooped up indoors will. And yes, if my kid wants to go out when it is -10, she does and bundles up accordingly. If you've lived in this part of the country long enough, you know what is necessary to be outside in the elements. Personally, if properly equipped, I want my kid going outside, even when it is colder than 10 degrees. Now, if they kept them outside for hours on end, then there might be a problem, but for a 20 minute recess, no problem at all.


jeff corriveau 6 years, 3 months ago

You have got to be kidding me! Heidi, pack up the kids and move to Florida; this is Colorado and guess what? It gets cold here, really cold! We live in it; work in it and PLAY in it! If you dont want your kids out in IT, what are you doing here? Kudo's to Principal Hepworth on a sound decision.
PS: Just don't put your tounge on the flagpole!


chooey08 6 years, 3 months ago

For your information I grew up in Meeker. I know how to dress my kids for the weather. Personally I would not let my kids out at -10. I doubt you like being outside at that temp. I was simply pointing out the fact that principes are letting our kids out below 10 degrees.


David Moore 6 years, 3 months ago

I still don't understand the issue. Would you feel the same way if it were 90 out and the principals were letting them outside instead of staying inside in the air conditioning? We're talking 20 minutes for recess, and maybe 10-15 in the morning waiting for the bell to ring, they're not going to freeze to death unless you send them in shorts and a t-shirt. Those who have lived here long enough know how to prepare and survive in the cold, growing up in Meeker you should know better. And yes, my family does like being outside, cold or not, being cooped up indoors will drive anyone nuts after awhile. We went sledding the week it was so cold last month and we had a blast. It was -10 one day and -9 the other, we dressed properly and went out to have a little fun. Stayed out for 3-4 hours at that. Bundle your kids up right and they will be fine.


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