Research: School recess promotes academic and social success

In Charlottesville City Schools, it is a practice (though seemingly against policy) to take away part or all of a student’s recess as punishment for misbehavior or forgetting homework. I have asked the Charlottesville City School Board to examine this practice and consider changing it.

To that end, I am compiling research on the importance of recess during the school day. I will continuously update this post as I find relevant information. If you know of a study that should be included, please forward it to me at:


How Movement and Exercise Help Kids Learn 

Institute of Medicine of the US National Academy of Sciences: Taking Physical Activity and Physical Education to School

American Academy of Pediatrics: The Crucial Role of Recess in School

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Strategies for Recess in Schools

Washington Post: Physical Activity May Help Kids Do Better in School, Studies Say

Live Science: Taking Away Recess Bad for AHDH Kids, Experts Say

The Copenhagen Consensus Conference 2016: children, youth, and physical activity in schools and during leisure time

Curry Alumni Answers: Keeping Kids Active
Exercise and Recess in Schools: Why it’s Essential

Texas School Triples Recess Time, Solves Attention Deficit Disorder

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