Lunch and Recess

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    Lunch is served daily at Dows Lane Monday through Friday for children in all grades K-3.  All children have 25 minutes for recess and 25 minutes for lunch. We include a 5 minute crossover time to optimize recess and eating time.  

    Lunch/ Recess times:

    10:45-11:40 - 1st and 3rd grade eat lunch and play at recess

    11:45- 12:40 - Kindergarten and 2nd grade eat lunch and play at recess


    School lunch menus will be available monthly here: Food Service  

    A prepaid lunch option is available through We strongly encourage the use of this program to support the flow of purchasing in the lunchroom.  

    Student ID numbers are the personal pin numbers for purchases through MySchoolBucks. Improved healthy snack options are available and ice cream treats are offered on special days. Students will be given a swipe card with their student id number to purchase food.

    Dows Lane Outdoor Recess Practices

    Our Belief:

    As a school, we believe that outdoor play, fresh air, and exploration are essential for healthy development for children. Our students go outside for recess every day possible. 

    6 Reasons Children Need to Play Outside

    School Recess: When is it Too Cold to go Out to Recess?

    Keeping Kids Cool at School: When is it Too Hot to Play Outside?


    The Administration and School Nurse use the considerations below when determining outdoor or indoor recess. Our bottom line is student and staff safety.

    • Real-feel temperature
    • Factors such as wind chill and weather conditions (sun, cloud coverage, high winds, etc…)
    • Safety due to ice, snow/wet ground or wet playground equipment
    • NYSPHSSA (New York State Public High School Athletic Association) recommendations

    Students should come to school dressed in layers so they are prepared to go outside when possible and can also stay comfortable throughout the day. In the winter months, if students do not have adequate outerwear, they will stay inside during recess time.