In the event of an Air Quality Watch or Advisory, all outdoor activities/physical activity/outdoor playtime will be moved indoors to our classroom as appropriate. The heat index must be below 90 degrees as well for outdoor play to be considered safe.
We rely on the Air Quality Index from the California Air Resources Board to determine whether it is permissible to take the children outside.
We take the proper precautions to make sure that the children are not exposed air pollution, smog (ozone) and/or car exhaust as well as any air contaminant such as allergens, particle pollutants, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide and lead.
Welcome Amigos International School provides daily opportunities for outdoor play as the weather permits, and provided that air quality and environmental safety conditions do not pose a threat. This allows children the opportunity to develop their large muscle skills, get fresh air, and be active, as sometimes we spend longer getting bundled up than we spend outside. We use the Child Care Weather Watch guidelines produced by Healthy Child Care California to determine if the Wind Chill Factor or Heat Index is safe for outdoor play. Charts outlining these guidelines are posted in each room.
In order to make sure that your child can play comfortably outside it is important to dress him/her according to the weather. When it is cold outside he/she needs a warm coat, mittens or gloves and a hat (labeled with child’s name). For the warmer days dressing your child lightly is just as important. For those in-between days dressing your child in layers is a practical idea.
There are areas on the playground for children to be in the shade and still be active. We encourage you to bring a hat or other clothing for your child to wear as supplemental protection from the sun. Sunscreen or sun block with UVB and UVA protection of SPF 15 or higher is applied to your child’s exposed skin, and in the event that a parent makes the request Child safe and environmentally safe insect repellant can also be applied (only with your written parental permission to do so) (Section 13 – 13.4 & 13.5)
Program staff uses “Safe to Play Playground Safety Report Card” to conduct ongoing evaluations of the school playground.