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Outdoor Play Guidelines and Birthday Parties

Outdoor Play Guidelines

Families are welcome to send hats and/or sunglasses to protect their child from the sun during outdoor play. Sunscreen will be applied each time the students head outside for play, in accordance with recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Dermatology. As a result, we may need to request more sunscreen throughout the year.

Here are the clothing recommendations/recess locations for various temperatures:


100 degrees and warmer Indoor play None
96 - 99 degrees Outdoor play -short session Monitor children
60 - 95 degrees Outdoor play Short sleeves okay
50 - 59 degrees Outdoor play Must wear long sleeves
40 - 49 degrees Outdoor play Must wear a jacket
20 - 39 degrees Outdoor play Must wear winter jacket, hat and mittens
19 degrees and colder Indoor play None

Birthday Parties

  • CAOS is happy to join in the celebration of each child’s birthday. Due to COVID-19 precautions, birthdays may be celebrated in the classroom with an individual class at this time. Typically, children gather for approximately 30 minutes, sing Happy Birthday and share a snack sent in by the family. 
  • Traditionally families are encouraged to participate in the party, however current COVID-19 guidelines prohibit families from entering the building. In order to ensure that learning opportunities are maximized, parties will be held during a time slot geared toward socialization and play. 
  • Families are invited to send celebration foods for their child’s birthday. Due to COVID-19 precautions, we ask that snacks be individually wrapped. Snacks can be made at home or store-bought but must be individually packaged for safety.