Mandatory Daily Recess for Azle ISD Elementary School (K-6) Children sign now


We, the undersigned, request that Azle ISD School Board enact a mandatory daily recess policy for all students attending elementary schools (grades K-6) within the Azle ISD district no later than the beginning of the 2008-2009 school year. Currently, individual schools may, for any reason they alone deem appropriate, deny daily recess to our children. We further request that the new policy define recess as a period in which children will be able to participate in unstructured and undirected play. This policy will protect recess as a required part of our childrens elementary school curriculum and eliminate any endeavor to make recess more of a study period rather than the break that it is designed to be.

The resulting recess shall be no less than 15 minutes in duration and shall be in addition to the mandatory 30 minutes of Physical Education. The daily recess shall be as close to the middle of the school day as possible in order to maximize the benefits of recess to the students.

In the December 2007 publication Recess and the Accountability Movement posted on American Association of School Administrators website (ww.aasa.org), John A. Sutterby, Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction at University of Texas at Brownsville, wrote:
insistence on long periods of uninterrupted study also have been shown to lead to more inattention, thus interfering with learning. Empirical research has shown that children who are given a recess break during the school day are better able to focus on their academic tasks once they return. So for children at risk of academic failure, limiting their recess opportunities is likely to lead to less academic success, not more.

Although time on task has some uses, in the case of eliminating or reducing recess, it is counter productive. Working longer does not always mean learning more. Quantity is important, but quality is even more important. In Texas with the passage of new legislation, we hope to see more quality in educational opportunities and less emphasis on quantity.

With more and more schools and school districts eliminating recess in the elementary grades (K-6), we request Azle Independent School District enact a policy that defines what recess is and safe guards recess from being eliminated in the future.

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Dwayne ShahBy:
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AZLE INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT

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