A grassroots effort is underway in Rhode Island to bring back recess into elementary schools.
Parents Across Rhode Island and Recess For Rhode Island are working to restore recess to the school day. A petition has been distributed by Parents Across Rhode Island that has been signed by over 800 people, asking the education department to allow 30 minutes of recess every day for elementary students. Recess for Rhode Island surveyed 90 schools in the state and found that only 18 percent offer 20 minutes or more of recess. 70 percent of the schools withhold recess as a punishment.
Rhode Island requires 100 minutes week of physical education, but there are no requirements for recess.
“Kids need to play,” said Tracy Ramos, president of Parents Across Rhode Island. “Recess needs to be elevated to the same level of importance as any other standards we expect from our kids.”