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Elementary Recess Program

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The implementation of recess at all elementary schools, K-4, began in the 2016-17 school year.  Below are the expectations and considerations for this program. 

  • Approximately 20 minutes of time for recess consisting, ideally, of an uninterrupted block.
    Note: There may be expectations such as field trips, field days, PE showcase, assemblies, and/or other special         events when recess time will need to be adjusted or resumed on another day. 
  • Could take place indoor or outside (outside preferred).
    Discretion is allowed for consideration of safety and access issues (e.g. adverse conditions) when considering location and occurrence of recess.
  • Ensured, daily protected time where a student is able to choose from among a variety of options.   
    Unstructured time.  Minimal use of personal devices and individual student screen time.
  • Not to be used as a punishment - either for an individual or the group.  Recess is not "earned" or lost.
    This does not preclude intervention for misconduct while participating in recess or when a student is a danger to                          self or others.

If parents or guardians have any questions regarding recess at their child's school, please contact the building principal.

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Elementary Recess Overview - pdf