Continued learning takes place on the playground.
Look below to find out what Alabama parents and teachers are saying about recess in our Alabama PTA Recess Survey Results, see what types of recess legislation other states are drafting, or just browse the research and news articles on the benefits of recess.
And don't forget to register as a Recess Hero so that you'll receive action items and updates on the state of recess in Alabama!
At least 20 minutes daily, supervised, unstructured free-play for children preK-5th.
Free-play recess may
not be withheld for academic or punitive reasons.
Recess shall not be a substitute for daily P.E.
your child's brain
Alabama PTA Recess Documents
Research & News Articles
"Strategies for Recess in Schools," CDC, U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services
"The Crucial Roll of Recess in Schools," Journal of School Health
"Withholding Recess as Discipline in Decline," Education Week
Curriculum guidelines in most states recommend recess, but the recommendation is overridden by more explicit mandates about instructional time.
To back up recess recommendations, many states have drafted legislation to assure recess for all elementary students.
The links provided include examples of recent legislative action.
Click through the photos for suggestions. Please share YOUR ideas in the Recess Hero form!