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!
Join the PTA
Advocacy is encouraged by your Alabama PTA President, Donna Russell. Flip through these photos for some suggestions about building your recess coalition.
ENGAGE THE COMMUNITY
Parents set up an information table at their local Art Walk to grow our recess advocacy network, collecting names, emails, and county of residence.
CONTACT YOUR SCHOOL BOARD
Parents attended a parade, took photos, and provided information on how to contact local school board members, including the superintendent.
HOST A PLAY IN
Parents met at parks to hold "Play Ins" where they shared research and collected signatures for a local petition.
POST ON FACEBOOK
Use social media to let everyone know that all elementary school children need DAILY recess.
SHARE ON INSTAGRAM
Let your friends & neighbors know that your children need DAILY recess! Many are surprised to learn that a lot of children don't have recess.
TALK TO PEOPLE
Ask the organizers of local events if you can set up a table.
ANNOUNCE IN NEWSLETTERS
Let your local units know that Alabama PTA encourages you to advocate for DAILY recess.
Mobile parents meet to plan their advocacy strategy. (Clockwise from bottom right: Laurie Dungan, Kern Jackson, Daryn Glassbrook, Adam Prince, Lisa Roddy, Stephanie Jackson)