When the temperature outside is below 20° we will call an inside recess. If the temperature is below 20° in the morning, an announcement will be made at 8:15am and students will be allowed to stay in gym until the school day begins. The red, yellow and green designations we hear about in the media typically relate to driving conditions and wood-burning fireplaces and stoves. The information schools have been instructed to pay attention to is the particulate levels and health advisories. If the particulate matter in the air exceeds 90, all children will stay inside. If the particulate matter is between 35 and 55 and the temperature is in excess of 20°, students will be allowed to go outside. If the particulate matter is in excess of 55, students who are sick will be encouraged to stay inside. If your student is ill or suffers from a medical condition such as asthma, cystic fibrosis, chronic lung disease, congenital heart disease, has a compromised immune system or other respiratory problems, please notify your child’s teacher and we will make arrangements for him/her to stay in from recess and read. If this is an ongoing medical situation, a doctor’s note may be required. We will be monitoring the temperature and air quality on a daily basis at http://www.airquality.utah.gov/. Please remember that children need an opportunity to get outside, run-around and expend their energy when weather permits. Also, the Salt Lake City School District and the State of Utah require that schools provide recess for all elementary aged students as part of their wellness policy. Please encourage your children to dress warm as we do live in Utah and experience vast swings in temperatures. We are constantly working to create a healthy and safe, academically rich educational environment.