'Not It': Is Charlotte Avenue Tag Policy Kid Friendly?

As a matter of school playground safety policy, tag is not allowed at Charlotte Elementary School.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.
Another schoolyard fight is brewing over students' rights to play certain games during school hours.


According to this story in the Nashua TelegraphCharlotte Avenue Elementary Principal Patricia Beaulieu is reinforcing the school's standing policy on the game of tag, after what she describes in a memo posted on the school's website as "numerous injuries," including a broken wrist, according to the Telegraph story.

Nashua Patch stopped by the school Thursday morning, but an office staff member said Beaulieu would not be available for comment, as she was in scheduled meetings all day.

In the meantime, the notice Beaulieu released on the school website is included below.

Earlier this year Windham School District reversed itself on a ban of "human target games," reinstating dodge ball into the curriculum. You can refresh your memory on that story here via Windham Patch in which 10 such games were evaluated for educational value (tag was not among them).
You can click here and scroll through the agenda to see the evaluation, which looked at the following human target games:
  • Rescue 911/Doctor Doctor
  • Prison Ball (grades 1-2)
  • Prison Ball (grades 3-5)
  • Drop in the Bucket
  • Slaughter
  • Cone Ball/Air Attack
  • Four Corner Bombardment
  • No-out Dodge Ball
  • Star Wars (Dr. Dodge Ball)
  • Cage Dodgeball

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Charlotte Ave. Announcements: Recess Rules

Playgrounds offer a chance for children to be active. However, playgrounds also have risks, and numerous injuries have resulted recently on our playground, prompting us to review school playground rules with all students.

As you know, the traditional recess game “tag,” involves one or more players chasing other players in an attempt to "tag" or touch them, usually with their hand. Seems innocent enough, however the force with which students “tag” varies greatly, and this game, in particular, has been banned in many schools in the United States due primarily to concerns about injuries. The other issue with tag is that students are running and not paying attention to where they are going. They are often running through other games and there have been numerous incidents where innocent bystanders have been injured from this type of play.

Our main objective is to keep all children safe on the playground. At the beginning of the school year, both Mr. Rivard and Mrs. Paul discussed playground games with students that are both appropriate and enjoyable. On Monday, 10/7/13 they will be meeting with all grade levels again to review these games.
Jessica Hall Lavoie October 11, 2013 at 12:49 PM
Carol, I could not agree more.
Al Stenzel October 11, 2013 at 12:58 PM
With all of this "protection" could this be why autism rates are skyrocketing? It makes sense to me that we need to be exposed to danger and germs to build up our defensive and immune systems.
Al Stenzel October 11, 2013 at 01:05 PM
I remember recesses when we flew kites, did tricks with Duncan Yo-Yo's, threw showballs, smoked those skinny cigar-like things from trees, shot peas from pea shooters. played dodgeball, threw our pocketknives at a target pinned to a tree, rode bikes without wearing a helmet, and we all survived just fine.
Donna Webster-Roberts October 11, 2013 at 06:38 PM
WHY do we not just let kids be kids??? We all played these games and I do not know anyone who ever broke a bone.....YES accidents happen but they need to stop taking things away from the children! They have altered holiday celebrations, taken away toy guns etc and now tag? America is raising a bunch of weak kids. They need to play and learn. Whats next? Bubble wrapping them? This is so ridiculous and sad. What happened to exercise? Stop this insanity and let American kids be kids!
Mica Burns October 13, 2013 at 12:08 PM
This is absolutely absurd..... I have two kids that g o to charlotte ave and sure they know some kids that have gotten hurt out a recess but nether of my children know of anyone being hurt while playing tag. I for one want my kids to be kids.... I want them to play like kids and have fun..... and if they get hurt, well they will learn from it....... and all of the instances that my kids know of other children getting hurt all of the recess monitors where so far away they didn't even notice the injured child screaming and crying. So how w would they even know it was a game of tag that caused a child to be injured.


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