School district to principals: 'Use best judgment' for kids, cold

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - Wrap those kiddos with another layer the next couple of days.

It's a little brisk outside.

With high temperatures expected to only be in the lower 20s Thursday and Friday, some parents have asked how cold is too cold for schools to allow children to play outside at recess and lunch. | Full Forecast

Dan Hollar, Boise School District spokesman, said Thursday that district officials emailed principals throughout the district today about the cold and urges them to use their best judgment.

Hollar said 20 degrees is used as a baseline to keep students indoors for activities.

The last time the BSD closed down its schools was Dec. 1, 2010 for a snow day.

But it could be worse. In eastern Idaho, several schools had to close for the day after temperatures dipped below zero.

Here's the full email from the BSD:

A reminder regarding cold weather - please use your best judgement as you decide whether to allow your students outdoors for activities/recess. Consider keeping your students inside when the temperatures dictate such a decision (historically the District has used 20-degrees as a baseline). Please take into account age of students, temperature at your site, and wind chill factor in reaching your decision. Thank your for your attention to this important matter.