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August 2016

For 2016-2017, all K-5 elementary schools will continue to provide recess.

  • Students will have at least 25 minutes of recess.

  • Outdoor recess will be held if 28 degrees or higher and outside conditions allow. The blacktop is used if the field/playground area is snow covered or too muddy.

  • Recess is not used as a punishment.

  • Students may be required to sit out for a few minutes to ‘take a safety break’ if something happens during recess.

  • An additional 15 minutes for recess, or shorter breaks during the day will be at teacher discretion. Teachers are encouraged to include brain breaks, reflection, breathing, stretching, active breaks, or unstructured time.  This time will be supervised by the teacher and may include facilitated activities.

  • Teachers may employ movement breaks at various times throughout the day.

Updated: 2/5/2018