When most kids are asked what their favorite part of the day at school is, they answer “recess,” but that might change soon – at least in Long Island. According to CBS New York, Weber Middle School recently noticed a rash of injuries happening during recess, so they have banned footballs, baseballs, lacrosse balls, and anything else that might result in someone getting hurt.
Hard footballs have been exchanged for the soft Nerf varieties, and hard soccer balls have also been banned. To boot, rough games of tag are out along with unsupervised cartwheels!
“Cartwheels and tag — I think it’s ridiculous they are banning that,” one student said.
“I think we need the soccer balls, the footballs and everything, so we can have some fun,” another student complained.
A third student noted that the ball-tossing, etc., was their way to blow off steam, saying, “We’re in school all day sitting behind the desk learning.”
Superintendent Kathleen Maloney said the change in recess policy was due to the rise in recent playground injuries.
“Some of these injuries can unintentionally become very serious, so we want to make sure our children have fun, but are also protected,” Maloney said.
Long Island Jewish Medical Center ER director Dr. Salvatore Pardo seemed to back up Maloney's thoughts. He noted that he had been seeing “head injuries, bumps, scrapes; worried about concussions.”
Some local parents think that this is a thinly veiled attempt by the school to avoid any liability and lawsuits.
“Children’s safety is paramount, but at the same time, you have to let them live life,” said mom Ellen Cohen.
This may be a new trend in New York schools, as CBS notes that several districts outside Long Island have made contact to inquire about the new policies.