KENMORE, N.Y. - A local school has decided to make recess a mandatory part of the schedule everyday. Students in grades K-5 will have recess for 15-minutes everyday at St. John the Baptist School in Kenmore.
The time is built into the class schedule. Parents are pleased, because "the focus in our schools right now is academic rigor, it's test prep, high expectations. What's been pushed to the back burner is allowing them physical movement and free play time and the ability to have a little bit of down time in their day at school," said Danielle Fleckenstein, parent of three students at the school.
Teachers think the recess is a good move for students. "To be able to get that energy out, it helps their brains to reset and refocus so that they can focus on what they need to do," once they are back in class said Grade 5 teacher Mary Mietlicki.
The American Academy of Pediatrics says recess is a crucial and necessary component of a child's development.
Vice Principal Linda Garrity said the recess will be everyday. "They will go out winter, spring, summer and fall so they will be able to have some outside play. Obviously when there is inclimate weather we'll make wise decisions from a health standpoint and then the kids will have recess in classroom," she said.