Nashua’s school ban on game of tag brings lots of calls, advice
“Almost all of the calls have been from the media or concerned citizens,” said Superintendent Mark Conrad, who added he knew of no calls from parents with children at Charlotte Avenue Elementary.
That may be because the ban on tag at Charlotte Elementary is nothing new. Many parents were probably already aware that a decision to keep the game off the playground was made several years ago, he said.
Conrad said the school’s recess rules became a “media event” after Principal Patricia Beaulieu posted a letter on the school’s website reminding parents that tag was not allowed on the playground. Beaulieu’s letter was written in the wake of eight playground injuries, including broken bones and concussions, since the opening of school, according to the superintendent.
Earlier this year, Windham made headlines when school officials cut dodge ball and nine other “human target” games from the district’s gym classes. Administrators feared the games encouraged bullying. But after a special committee reviewed the games, the Windham School Board voted last June to reinstate them, only with new names. In Windham, kids still play dodge ball, prison ball and slaughter, only now they call those games “cage ball,” “repair shop” and “numero uno.”
“If I was a parent and my child got hurt, I would be very unhappy,” said Board of Education member Steven Haas.
Haas and Conrad both said they understood that a ban on tag strikes a nerve with adults who grew up with the game and lived to tell the tale.
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