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Scot Students Kept From Playing In Snow

From Edinburgh’s Scotsman:

Pupils banned from playing in the snow

4 December 2010

CHILDREN have been banned from playing in the snow during break times at city schools due to health and safety fears.

Pupils in some primaries have been kept inside during their morning and lunchtime breaks since the schools re-opened on Wednesday.

The decision to stop the pupils playing in the snow has sparked criticism among parents, who believe it is "misguided" and is depriving children from enjoying the winter fun.

One of the schools involved is James Gillespie’s Primary where the headteacher stopped youngsters going out on Wednesday and Thursday during playtimes.

It is understood reasons including the depth of the snow, a shortage of staff to supervise the children and the resulting mess from pupils walking with wet boots into the building were cited for the decision.

One parent said: "I’m very annoyed that my daughter has now been kept indoors for six and a half hours for two days despite all the lovely snow.

"I’m a trained risk assessor and this is not a health and safety issue. "If you spoke to the Health and Safety Executive, they would say the same.

"It is misguided but well-meaning headteachers who are taking these decisions because they think it’s a health and safety issue, but it’s not dangerous."

Green councillor [sic] Alison Johnstone, who represents the Meadows and Morningside ward which takes in Gillespie’s Primary, believes children would benefit from being allowed to play outside in the snow.

She said: "We would like to see children being able to go out and enjoy play outdoors in this weather.

"We are not going to send them outside in a blizzard but there’s no reason why they should be stopped from enjoying the snow during break times."

Cllr Johnstone added that with the introduction of the Curriculum For Excellence, which encourages cross-curricular working, the extreme conditions could offer children the chance to learn about the weather whilst enjoying it

Maybe the schools don’t want their charges to get any subversive thoughts about ‘global warming.’

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, December 5th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Scot Students Kept From Playing In Snow”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    Ms. Umbridge lives.

    (see Harry Potter)

  2. Rusty Shackleford says:

    “I’m a trained risk assessor and this is not a health and safety issue. “If you spoke to the Health and Safety Executive, they would say the same.

    I cannot, for the life of me, read this sentence and not burst out laughing. Although certain operations in the world perhaps need a “professional risk assessor” I can certainly and adamantly say with conviction that playing in the snow doesn’t need that type of evaluation. My god, as a kid in the wintertime, on non-school days, we were out of the house, playing in the snow all day until the sun was just barely giving any light, with imminent frostbite nipping at my toes and taking a hot bath to get them back to some sort of feeling. On school days, we still went outside, as they still do. Snowball fights, however were strictly forbidden.

    But who needs to speak to any “expert” about the risks of playing in the snow? Is that how deeply entrenched the bureaucracy has become in the system over there? What’s next, assessing the risk of using a pencil sharpener? What happened to parenting, critical thinking and good sense? (rhetorical)


    • proreason says:

      I am a trained eating expert.

      If it wasn’t for the bushhitler economy, I’d be making millions.

  3. NoNeoCommies says:

    We used to pack the snow into ice on the playground and slide down a steep incline after running to the edge.
    We would “surf” down to a fence and try to spin around in time to hit it with our backs.
    No one stopped us!
    We all survived (not even a sprain).
    They didn’t stop us from getting our tongues stuck on icicles that were too cold either (the flesh grew back).
    BTW, isn’t staying inside creating an increased risk of obesity?
    I’m just saying…

  4. untrainable says:

    They’re just worried about the children. What if one of the fat little buggers was to fall over in the snow. Everyone knows that obesity and snow don’t mix. Children playing in the snow is bad enough, but fat kids playing in the snow is a recipe for disaster. (end sarc)

    Remember the days when you could drink out of the garden hose? Ride a bike without kneepads? Cross the street by yourself? Now you can’t even play in the snow. What has become of the world I grew up in? Too many lawn darts? For cryin’ out loud, put a helmet on porky and send him out into the snow.

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