30 Minutes of Daily Recess for All Minneapolis Public Schools!
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All kids in Minneapolis Public Schools deserve the social, emotional, physical and cognitive benefits of recess. Currently, access to a healthy recess is unequally applied throughout the district. Some children have as little as 15 minutes for recess while others benefit from a full 30 minutes of unstructured play each day.
The benefits of recess are clear. Research shows that students do better in school when recess is a part of their daily schedule. Recess is so important to the overall health of our children that the American Academy of Pediatrics calls it a "crucial and necessary component of a child's development" and goes on to state "it promotes not only physical health and social development but also cognitive performance."
We are asking the Board of Education of the Minneapolis Public Schools System to enact a policy that ensures every child in K-8 receives a daily minimum of 30 minutes of unstructured, safe, supervised recess time, prior to a 30 minute lunch period. Recess is not a substitute for time spent in Physical Education classes, nor may this time be taken away from students as punishment for behavioral issues.
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