Elementary Recess Program
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.
Elementary Recess Overview - pdf