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: christa@communitywellblog.com.

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Institute of Medicine of the US National Academy of Sciences: Taking Physical Activity and Physical Education to School
https://www.nap.edu/read/18314/chapter/1

American Academy of Pediatrics: The Crucial Role of Recess in School
http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/pediatrics/131/1/183.full.pdf

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Strategies for Recess in Schools
https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fhealthyschools%2Fphysicalactivity%2Fpdf%2F2016_12_16_schoolrecessstrategies_508.pdf&h=ATPvyzsl_zxNswqG8i42CIULHbZiTWjl_lXMrkxJFjAITC_pdMXMx9TfQR265_n-JcdDl_eyGCY2MAF_B20RAYgHRA4AfEESAXuxBUxkecitHXh8Y5ezy9j0SOWjEucqrScrW9tLTDFkAPawfcR6Ec4pqVK7hQ

Washington Post: Physical Activity May Help Kids Do Better in School, Studies Say
https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/physical-activity-may-help-kids-do-better-in-school-studies-say/2013/10/21/e7f86306-2b87-11e3-97a3-ff2758228523_story.html?utm_term=.94838717bed6

Live Science: Taking Away Recess Bad for AHDH Kids, Experts Say
http://www.livescience.com/20557-adhd-exercise-recess-improve-behavior.html

The Copenhagen Consensus Conference 2016: children, youth, and physical activity in schools and during leisure time
http://bjsm.bmj.com/content/50/19/1177

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/
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