Recess Plays a Crucial Role in School

-Recess is a necessary break in the day for optimizing a child’s social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development. ( American Academy of Pediatrics 2012)

-The first-of its-kind survey of almost 2,000 principals nationwide Gallup  poll shows that most elementary school principals report that recess has a positive impact on academic achievement and that students listen better and are more focused in class after being out on the playground. (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 2010)

-Research has shown that when children have a break to run around outside, they're more attentive and on-task when they're inside ( Jarrett, 2003; Barros, Silver, & Stein, 2009)

-Whether structured or unstructured, recess should be safe and well supervised.  Environmental conditions, well-maintained playground equipment, and well trained supervisors are the critical components of safe recess.( American Academy of Pediatrics 2012)

-Organized play and recess can benefit the entire school experience. ( John W. Gardner Center researchers)

-Peer interactions during recess are a unique complement to the classroom. The lifelong skills  acquired for communication, negotiation, cooperation, sharing, problem solving, and coping are not only foundations for healthy development but also fundamental measures of the school experience. ( American Academy of Pediatrics 2012)

-A daily break of 15 minutes or more in the school day may play a role in improving learning, social development, and health in elementary school children. ( Romina M. Barros, M.D.) 

-Review of 14 studies found kids who are physically active because of recess and sports team activities tend to do better in school. ( Fox News)

-Children need to have downtime between complex cognitive challenges. (  Dr. Robert Murray )

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