Winter Weather/Outdoor Recess

  • Anchorage School District cares about the safety and well-being of all its students. Being prepared for colder temperatures is an important part of living in Alaska. ASD has developed guidelines for when temperatures drop:


    For Elementary Students

    At the discretion of the principal or the principal’s designee, children will be expected to go outside for recess to a chill factor of –10 degrees. When the chill factor/temperature reaches 0 degrees Fahrenheit, or colder, then the children shall be admitted to the building upon their arrival at school rather than at the regular opening time. Children will be expected to have appropriate winter clothing to include warm headgear, insulated footgear and gloves or mittens. A physician’s note is necessary to exclude a student from participation in outdoor activities.


    For Secondary Students

    One of the major functions of the public schools is the preparation of youth for responsible citizenship. The district shall foster a learning environment which reinforces the concepts of self-discipline and the acceptance of personal responsibility. Students are expected to progress from being adult-directed to self-directed with minimal application of disciplinary measures. 


    Amazingly, the same winter clothing concepts for elementary students apply to responsible adults. Put a coat on.