Students fight winter ball ban

At a Canadian elementary school, two fifth-graders are fighting a  winter ban on balls in the schoolyard.

Dana Slater, the principal of D. Roy Kennedy Public School in Ottawa, said balls are banned during the winter for safety reasons.

“They’ve got snow stuck to them, they’re frozen, often there’s pebbles on them and they’re flying through the air,” Slater said. “One student fell backwards on their head and ended up with a concussion. We had a student with a ball in the eye area, which was very serious.”

Miles Lawlor and Owen Moore say recess is no fun without balls. “People are just standing around talking and not getting any exercise, and that’s the whole point of recess,” Owen Moore said.

Via Detention Slip.

At my Illinois elementary school, we had ice skating for P.E in the winter. I can’t remember if we had outdoors recess in the winter. It took so long to put on our winter clothes and then take them off.

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  1. Margo/Mom says:

    If the issue is that the balls get frozen, store them indoors.

    Likely, however, there are some more weather appropriate kinds of activities that could be introduced. I have this picture of fifth graders being herded out into a yard and left to stand for fifteen cold minutes and then let back in again.

  2. Back when I went to one-room country school, we had a bunch of winter games to play, but then with only 12 kids, it’s a lot easier to supervise. We also were allowed to make snow forts and have snowball fights.

  3. IIRC, snowballs were banned on my schoolyard, because some of the kids figured out that you could make snowballs one day, dunk them in a pool of meltwater, leave them in a “safe place” outside overnight, and retrieve the resultant “ice balls” the next day.

    There are always a few people who ruin the fun for everyone.

  4. Margo/Mom says:

    ricki–but as I read it they were banning balls, not snowballs.

  5. Foobarista says:

    A modest proposal: we should simply shoot all the kids. This way, they’re all dead so nobody can get hurt and cause problems for the bureaucrats, who, after all, are the real reason schools – and kids – exist.

  6. It make one wonder how we all survived.


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