School re-opening? Make sure children have time for daily recess

Lauren McNamara, Rebecca London, Catherine Ramstetter, Ed Baines, Anna Beresin, Jennette Claasson, William Doyle, Brendon Hyndman, Olga Jarrett, William Massey, Debbie Rhea

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Abstract

The Global Recess Alliance, a newly formed group of scholars, health professionals, and education leaders, argues that attention to recess during school reopening is essential. Recess is the only unstructured time in the school day that provides space for children’s physical, social and emotional development, which are essential for well-being and learning. When schools reopen, children will need space to heal from their collective trauma. Seeing their friends, playing, and being outside add normalcy to the school day and are important ways to heal. We urge educational leaders and policymakers to include recess in their reopening schedules and to ensure that time is physically and emotionally safe, healthy, and productive for all children and adults.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherGlobal Recess Alliance
Commissioning bodyGlobal Recess Alliance
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 13 May 2020

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