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."

http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/pediatrics/early/2012/12/25/peds.2012-2993.full.pdf

http://ww2.kqed.org/mindshift/2013/07/26/despite-many-benefits-recess-for-many-students-is-restricted/

http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2014/09/29/352455278/more-active-play-equals-better-thinking-skills-for-kids?utm_campaign=storyshare

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2015/08/21/why-young-kids-need-less-class-time-and-more-play-time-at-school/

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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