Mandatory Daily Active Recess

Description:
A mandatory daily active recess policy provides all the benefits associated with being physically active by requiring that daily active recess be included as part of the daily K-5 curriculum.
Policy Environment:
School
Policy Area:
Physical Activity
Geography:
State, City, New York
Age Group:
Children
Recommended By:
CDC, RWJF, White House Let's Move

Implementation Examples

City School District Policy

City:
Rochester
State:
New York
Implementation Status:
Implemented
The Rochester Public School District amended their school district’s wellness policy to include a policy of mandatory daily active recess. The policy requires that all elementary schools have at least 20 minutes a day of supervised recess and explicitly recommends that staff promote ‘moderate to vigorous’ physical exercise during that time. The policy went into effect for the 2012-2013 school year.
City:
Chicago
State:
Illinois
Implementation Status:
Implemented
In 2012, the Chicago Public School District, whose superintendent came from the Rochester City School District, instituted a requirement that grades K-8 be provided with at least 20 minutes of daily recess. The policy mandated that the recess encourages physical activity or that activities promote social skills development.

State Laws

State:
Missouri
Implementation Status:
Implemented
In 2009, Missouri passed SB291, which requires elementary schools to provide a minimum of one 20-minute recess period per day.
State:
Virginia
In 2006, Virginia introduced daily recess through a State Board Rule. The rule requires that all elementary schools (K-5) provide students with daily recess, ‘as determined appropriate by the school.’
State:
Nevada
Implementation Status:
Implemented
Nevada requires schools to designate at least 30 minutes of time for daily physical activity and all elementary schools to serve lunch after the mid-day recess period.
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