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Rhode Island Lawmakers Fighting For Required Recess

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Several state lawmakers are making a case for recess, with a bill that requires a minimum of 100 minutes for recess each week. State Representative...

Several state lawmakers are making a case for recess, with a bill that requires a minimum of 100 minutes for recess each week. State Representative Kathleen Fogarty is one of the bill’s sponsors. She said with all the focus on standardized testing, it’s important to keep time for free-play during the school day.

“I just think it’s healthy; we want these kids to be active,” said Fogarty. “I think it’s good for their mental well-being to be active, to get away from the schoolwork. And I think it’s also important for their socialization skills.”

Fogarty’s bill would require at least 20 minutes a day for recess for Kindergarten through grade five. State Education officials have said decisions about recess should be left to the local school district.

The State Department of Education requires a minimum 100 minutes per week for physical education, but makes no requirements for recess.

Children playing outside during a summer break in Providence.
Children playing outside during a summer break in Providence.