Cold Weather Policy

We are hoping for wonderful temperatures as we head into our outdoor programs, including Learn to Skate lessons, PA Day camps, and Keep Playing! outside. However, if we do hit extreme cold, here is the policy that we will be following.   
It is possible to safely skate and play outdoors in the cold, but appropriate clothing is required.  For all programs, please ensure that children come prepared with snowpants, hats, mittens, warm jackets and boots.  Multiple thinner pieces of clothing are warmer than a single bulky layer.  If attending an afterschool program or daylong camp, an extra pair of dry socks are recommended as wet intensifies the effect of the cold.
Due to the nature of skates, reduced time on the outdoor ice maybe required to assess feet and ensure they are staying warm. Please work with our instructors to make the best decisions for your children.
We want them to love skating and to learn that going outside in the cold is possible with some preparation – but sometimes it’s hard to stay warm in skates, and the skaters safety and health is paramount.  Any classes that are cancelled or shortened due to extreme cold will not be rescheduled, nor refunded.
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Below -27 C with the windchill. 

Classes will be held at parent’s discretion, with the following requirements. 
If the class has students that can be very active, skating periods will be shortened. Allow skaters to warm up every 10-15 min of skating as needed.
If the class has skaters that that cannot verbally communicate that they are cold, and can’t move actively enough to stay warm, the class will be cancelled.
***Clothing must be selected appropriately to minimize exposed skin. Nose, cheeks, ears must be covered.  Ski goggles recommended.  Dry socks are critical! 
It is the parents responsibility to check fingers, toes, cheeks, ears  and general health of their child regularly throughout the lesson. 
Instructors have a right to cancel the class if they feel that they or the student is at risk.
Instructors may need to take breaks to warm-up their own feet or body.
PA Day camps and afterschool programs will limit time outside to 10-15 minutes at a time.

Below -20 C with the windchill

***Clothing must be selected appropriately to minimize exposed skin. Nose, cheeks, ears must be covered.  Ski goggles recommended. Dry socks are critical! 
A warmup break will be added to the class in consultation with the parent.
For very young skaters, the lesson may be shortened.
It is the parents responsibility to check fingers, toes, cheeks, ears  and general health of their child regularly throughout the lesson.
Instructors can shorten lessons to allow themselves to warm-up between lessons .
PA Day camps and afterschool leaders will monitor conditions and children will be brought inside regularly for warming up.  Outside play will not be the major focus of the day.   No session will run longer than 1 hour, no matter if cold symptoms are noted or not.   Cancellation and shortening of outdoor activities is to be considered on cold days.  Inside time is to be extended.

Anything warmer than -20 C

Full lesson activity should possible with proper dress, but careful observation of the skaters should be undertaken.
If the skater is cold, take necessary action to have them warm-up.
Again, skates can present a special challenge to keeping toes warm.
Dry socks are critical to starting off right!
PA Day camps and afterschool leaders will monitor conditions and children will be brought inside to warm-up, but should be sent with warm clothing.   Ample time will be allowed for warming up during any winter programming.
Thank you for your understanding.   The health, safety and enjoyment of your children and the coaches is our priority.  – Laura and Jennifer
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