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Seattle Schools: Save Recess!

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SEATTLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS: DISTRICT- WIDE RECESS POLICY NEEDED!

“We need recess because it is fun and it gets your energy out so you don’t be wild in the classroom.” – Ian, Leschi Elementary, 1st grade

It is time for Seattle Public Schools to create a district-wide recess policy.  Students and parents return to school each year to find that recess has been further reduced.  Low-income schools are most impacted. This is in addition to most current P.E. times not meeting state mandated levels.  (http://kuow.org/post/recess-shrinks-seattle-schools-poor-schools-fare-worst)

Why is recess important?

Recess must be viewed by educators and education administrators as a valuable and essential learning time for children.  Research has proven what we’ve also known for years: children NEED recess to develop social skills, hone problem-solving skills, explore their own ideas, re-charge their minds after periods of structured activity, and simply exercise. 

Furthermore, research has shown that adequate recess time actually improves student behavior and academic goals.  Children who have recess are better able to manage their behavior and focus on learning in the classroom. 

For more specific research results, visit: http://ipausa.ning.com/page/recess-research

Why do we need a district-wide policy?

A district-wide policy:

Communicates and affirms the importance of recess time to the academic, social, emotional, behavioral and physical well-being of children.

Recognizes appropriate child development practice as it relates to learning styles and needs of a wide-range of children. 

Protects this essential respite time from cuts for additional instruction or as a disciplinary measure.

Ensures recess equality across the school system.  In recent years, low-income schools have had the lowest levels of recess time.  This is not acceptable. 

Develops a framework for school administrators to follow in implementing successful recess at their school. 

Tacoma Public Schools has a district-wide recess policy and so can Seattle: http://www.tacoma.k12.wa.us/news/Pages/Districtadoptsrecesspolicy.aspx

 PLEASE TAKE IMMEDIATE ACTION TO ENSURE THAT EVERY SEATTLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CHILD HAS ADEQUATE RECESS!

“I need recess because I have time away from math, letters and teachers and I can have fun.  I think we should have an hour a day of recess.” – Luc, Leschi Elementary, 3rd grade



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