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Sub Zero Temperatures keep Students Indoors

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Students weren't able to play outside on Wednesday, and the forecast is calling for much colder weather,with sub-zero temperatures.

Safety is the reason students won't be spending much time outdoors. 

All week students have been kept inside because of the chilly temperatures and frozen ground.

"This time of year, these first cold blasts of air, kids may not be prepared with their winter clothing, to be prepared to go outside, "says Sunrise Elementary school principal Lynn Wolf.

Officials say once students are properly dressed for winter and the playgrounds are less icy, chances of outdoor recess will be greater.

Lynn Wolf, continued, "Realizing, of course, that we are the state of North Dakota and the kids do need to go outside at sometime during the winter season. And so we came to that temperature of 15 degrees below zero wind chill factor as our guideline that we use. That that we can be sure the kids are safe."

Recess is a break from work, not just for students, but for teachers as well. 

So when students can't go out to play, teachers have to come up with creative outlets for all their energy, ensuring it won't interrupt class. 

First grade Sunrise Elementary teacher, Sarah Sathren explains that teachers have come up with some great ideas.

"They are going stir crazy, " she says, " But we are doing Adventure to Fitness and it's a 30 minute activity and it's interactive learning. And their moving the entire time. Other things we do: free time, where they're doing games, and up and going, and playing interactive games. But I try to keep them out of their seats the entire time."

Teachers say students do understand why they can't go outside and there's still plenty of winter left for having fun in the snow.

Administrators say students are kept inside before and after school for their own safety; and the best thing for everyone to do is dress in layers.

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