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Recess Hero

Restore Recess!

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!

Recess Requirements:

  • 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.

This is   
your child's brain
after recess.  

Alabama PTA Recess Documents

Alabama PTA
Recess Survey
Results
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Alabama PTA
Recess
White Page
Alabama PTA
Proposed
Recess Resolution

Research & News Articles

Recess Laws

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.

Getting Started

Click through the photos for suggestions. Please share YOUR ideas in the Recess Hero form!

Join the PTA

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

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

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

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

POST ON FACEBOOK

Use social media to let everyone know that all elementary school children need DAILY recess.

SHARE ON INSTAGRAM

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

TALK TO PEOPLE

Ask the organizers of local events if you can set up a table.

ANNOUNCE IN NEWSLETTERS

ANNOUNCE IN NEWSLETTERS

Let your local units know that Alabama PTA encourages you to advocate for DAILY recess.

WORK TOGETHER

WORK TOGETHER

Mobile parents meet to plan their advocacy strategy. (Clockwise from bottom right: Laurie Dungan, Kern Jackson, Daryn Glassbrook, Adam Prince, Lisa Roddy, Stephanie Jackson)

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