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Dress for the Weather
In the winter, it is important to remember to ensure that your children are dressed properly when coming to school.
To prevent frostbite, children should be dressed inwarm clothes, including:
  • a hat (warm, close-fitting, and covering ear lobes; not a 'fashion' hat or baseball cap),
  • mittens (gloves do not keep hands warm as effectively as mittens),
  • loose layers (an absorbent synthetic fabric next to skin, a warmer middle layer, and a waterresistant/repellent outer layer),
  • socks A single pair of socks, either wool or a wool blend (with silk or polypropylene) is betterthan cotton which offers no insulation when wet. Avoid extra thick socks as they can causecold feet by restricting blood flow and air circulation around the toes.
  • boots Be sure boots are dry and not too tight.
Children should get out of wet clothes and shoes as quickly as possible as they are the biggest factorsin frostbite.
Jackets should be zipped up. To avoid strangulation during play, use tube-shaped neck warmersinstead of scarves. If scarves must be used, tuck them into jackets. Remove drawstrings on hoods and jackets because they are also a safety hazard; better yet, buy clothes without drawstrings.