Elementary school kids could soon be allowed to spend more time outside on the playground.
Legislation allowing localities to count recess as instructional time is now headed to Governor Ralph Northam’s desk for approval.
Democratic Delegate Karrie Delaney introduced the bill. “There is so much evidence that shows that when children have a break in their academic day to run and be active, it helps them be more focused and have better academic outputs throughout the rest of the day.”
A group called More Recess for Virginians says recess should count as instructional time – because of the soft skills it helps promote.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, recess is key in the development of kids’ social emotional, cognitive and physical skills in addition to the obvious health benefits.