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Subzero temperatures keep kids inside for recess

CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -- With temperatures below zero, most area schools are keeping kids inside as much as possible.

At North Cedar Elementary in Cedar Falls, the school has had to make several changes to its school day because it's so cold outside.

On Monday afternoon, kids were in classrooms playing games, reading books, or visiting with friends. One fourth grade class had fun playing with Play-Dough.

"We had a parent that had asked teachers in fourth grade, 'You know, is there anything I can purchase for the class for the holidays?' And one idea was playdough," Principal Jennifer Hartman said.

Monday was the kids' first day back after the holidays, and subzero temps brought the first opportunity to play with the new gift.

"Whenever the temperature falls below zero, or the wind-chill is below zero, we automatically have kids inside."

On above-zero days, administrators sometimes split up longer recesses, keeping kids inside for about half the time.

"Obviously today and probably most of this week, we will be indoors for recess," Hartman said.

No matter what the temperature, North Cedar has kids inside while they wait for the buses after school.

Online Reporter:  Jamie Grey

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