A 4076 S 847

Requires public school districts to provide a daily recess period for students

NJEA is proud to support A-4076 (Jasey)/S-847 (Turner, Diegnan).  These bills would require public schools to provide a minimum of 20 minutes a day of recess for children in grades kindergarten through five.

Research shows that there is a direct link between physical activity and learning.  According to the National Association for the Education of Young Children, unstructured physical play is a developmentally appropriate means of reducing stress in children.

As schools struggle to find more time during the school day to incorporate the rigorous academic curriculum mandated by the state over the last several years, studies show that students also need the chance to absorb all that they are learning.

Building physical activity during a recess period provides that time, as well as the opportunity to increase their physical, social and emotional well-being.  Incorporating twenty minutes a day for recess is an opportunity for students to be free to just play and explore.  Recess offers them a break from the structure and expectations of a daily school day schedule.

A-4076/S-847 also stipulates that recess cannot be used in place of health and physical education courses that are set in State law N.J.S.18A:35-5.

NJEA urges your support of this legislation.

Text of bill S-847

Text of bill A-4076 

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