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Schools to parents: Please have students dress for the weather


A big fluctuation in temperatures has many going from shorts one day to coats the next.  While May is typically a month we prepare for nice weather and yard work, some are having to cover up and stay inside.

School administrators are asking parents to remember the drastic changes in the weather when sending their kids to school.

With temperatures expected to hit in the low 30's students at St. Mary's-Colgan Elementary School in Pittsburg are spending yet another recess indoors.

"It seems like, to me at least, half if not more of all of our recesses since Christmas we've been inside because of the weather," says fourth grade teacher Kathy Wilbert.  "A lot of us were saying the other day we've been outside and it had been a long time that we got to recall that we had been out."

On Wednesday, students and staff took advantage of the warmer weather.

"We took part in the city wide cleanup, so the kids were in their shorts and school uniform shirts, and the teachers all had on Capri jeans and short sleeve shirts, and we took the kids out to Big Brutus on a field trip and we were all hot and sweating," says Wilbert.

And despite Thursday's cooler temperatures, sixth grade student Annie Snow still wore her regular spring attire, a polo and skirt.

"I feel kind of cold but I have a jacket so it helps me," Snow says.  "Usually I wait till it gets warmer and then if it gets warm enough I usually wear shorts, but other than that I just wear pants or a skirt."

In the springtime the students are allowed to wear things like shorts, something that is expected for the month of May when it's typically hot.  However, officials say they could have never expected these cold temperatures and having to bring their coats back out of their closets.

"Snow on May 3rd would be very unique, very unique and it will definitely heighten up the children," says Principal Nancy Hicks.  "When we have big weather changes it tends to get the kids really excited, especially when it's snow.  They love snow."

Wilbert says her class has spent many days inside and suggests to parents and kids that if the weather continues to stay cold do please dress appropriately.

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