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Lawmakers requiring more recess

Trends in the U.S.
In Florida and Rhode Island, recess
laws took effect this year. Four other
states already require it, and 11 others
officially recommend it.
Meanwhile, eight other states mandate "general activity," ranging from 30
minutes daily to 600 minutes monthly.
The Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention found in its review of 50
studies that movement and exercise have
a positive association with academics.
"More schools adopt recess because
parents are demanding it for their children," says LaDonna Atkins, president
of the U.S. affiliate of the International
Play Association, which promotes play
as a fundamental right. "Parents are
concerned when recess gets taken away
for behavioral or homework-related reasons, and normally those children need
these breaks the most."

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A small but growing number of states
are requiring school districts to provide
recess.
Pending legislation in Massachusetts
would require schools to provide at least
20 minutes of daily recess in K5.

Play time
Many schools offering recess provide
15 to 25 minutes of unstructured play
daily, says Mark Rothschild, founder
and CEO of Right at School, a company that provides recess and after-school
services. Additionally, some districts,
including Chicago Public Schools, are
hiring recess coaches to relieve teachers
from supervising recess.
"Coaches trained in experiential activities engage with children and then back

States that require recess in elementary school
Connecticut: 20 minutes of supervised
recess daily, preferably outdoors

Rhode Island: Minimum of 20 consecutive minutes of free play

Indiana: Daily physical activity that may
include the use of recess

Virginia: Daily recess during the regular
school year

Missouri: Minimum of one 20-minute
recess period

Florida: 20 minutes of daily recess

States that require general and physical activity
Arkansas: 90 minutes weekly in K6
Colorado: 600 minutes monthly for fulltime elementary students (exercise programs, fitness breaks, recess, field trips
and classroom activities with physical
activity and PE)
Iowa: 30 minutes daily in K5
Louisiana: 30 minutes in K8

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North Carolina: 30 minutes daily in K8
on days without PE
South Carolina: Minimum of 150 minutes weekly (60 of which come from PE)
in K5
Tennessee: 90 minutes weekly in K8
Texas: Minimum of 30 minutes daily
in K5

off once the games are underway," says
Rothschild. "This provides a more productive recess, which translates to fewer
behavioral problems and to students who
are ready to get back and learn."
Chicago Public Schools provides 20
minutes of daily recess for elementary
school students up to grade 5, as per
state law. "School leaders have told
us that since the policy was enacted,
students are happier and more focused
when they return from recess," says
Tarrah DeClemente, manager of health
promotion at Chicago Public Schools.
Districts struggling with implementing recess should provide schools with
sample schedules to ease the transition,
says DeClemente.
To make room for recess, principals
can take minutes from non-instruction
time, such as when students change
classrooms, walk to the lunchroom or
get ready to go outside.
"In a day, there are definitely 20
minutes that can be collected so that
students can enjoy daily recess," says
DeClemente.
As far as supervision, schools can
hire recess coaches or rotate staff, adds
Atkins. "Recess is just as important as
math, science and other curricular courses," she says. -Steven Wyman-Blackburn
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