Several Arkansas schools plan to extend recess time

posted by Ashley King - 

Several Arkansas elementary schools plan to participate in an extended-recess pilot program for the 2018-19 school year.

In some districts, the pilot program means free play time will go from the current 15 minutes after lunch to 60 minutes a day for kindergarten through fourth grades and 45 minutes for fifth-graders.

The one-year pilot program for selected schools is authorized by Act 1062 of 2017. The law specifies the periods each day of "unstructured and undirected play," and the play time must be separate from required physical education each week. 

The goal is to "put the brain in the optimal state of readiness to learn," according to Blair Dean, a professor of Health, Physical Education and Sport Science at ASU.  So it won't necessarily make the kids smarter, but more ready to learn! Plus, it's definitley a bonus when it comes to physical health. 


The participating school districts and schools are:

Booneville School District

Booneville Elementary, K-4.

Camden Fairview School District

Fairview Elementary, K-1.

Cedarville School District

Cedarville Elementary, K-4.

Conway School District

Marguerite Vann Elementary, K-4.

Drew Central School District

Drew Central Elementary, K-4.

England School District

England Elementary, K-6.

Fort Smith School District

Elmer H. Cook Elementary, K-6.

Fouke School District

Fouke Elementary, K-5.

Gosnell School District

Gosnell Elementary, K-6.

Hot Springs School District

Langston Magnet Elementary School, K-4.

Lamar School District

Lamar Middle School, 4-6.

Magazine School District

Magazine Elementary, K-6.

Midland School District

Midland Elementary, K-6.

Mountain Home School District

Nelson Wilks Herron Elementary, 1-2.

Norfork School District

Norfork Elementary, K-6.

North Little Rock School District

Amboy Elementary, K-5; Boone Park Elementary, K-5; Crestwood Elementary, K-5; Indian Hills Elementary, K-5; Meadow Park Elementary, K-5; Ridge Road Elementary, K-5.

Prescott School District

Prescott Elementary, K-6.

Pulaski County Special School District

Daisy Bates Elementary, K‐5; Pine Forest Elementary, K-5.

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