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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 http://curry.virginia.edu/magazine/2015/03/curry-alumni-answers-keeping-kids-active/ Exercise and Recess in Schools: Why it’s Essential http://blog.uvahealth.com/2016/11/30/exercise-and-school-recess/ Texas School Triples Recess Time, Solves Attention Deficit Disorder http://livetheorganicdream.com/texas-school-triples-recess-time-solves-attention-deficit-disorder/