Recess planning in schools : a guide to putting strategies for recess into practice
Published Date:January 2017
Corporate Authors:National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (U.S.). Division of Population Health. ; SHAPE America (Organization) ;
Description:Recess is an important part of an active school environment. It provides physical activity to all students during the school day outside of physical education and classroom physical activity. Recess is defined as a regularly scheduled period within the school day for physical activity and play that is monitored by trained staff or volunteers.1–3 Recess is a period of time when students are encouraged to be physically active and engaged with peers in activities of their choice, at all grade levels, kindergarten through 12th grade (K–12).
This document, Recess Planning in Schools: A Guide to Putting Strategies for Recess into Practice is designed to help schools develop a school recess plan. A school recess plan identifies the strategies a school will use to organize and implement recess at the school. This plan should be a written document that can be shared with all school staff, students, and parents.
This guide is a companion document to Strategies for Recess in Schools, and both documents were developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and SHAPE America—Society of Health and Physical Educators.3 The main audience for this guide is school staff that are responsible for leading recess in schools. It can also be used by state and school district staff to provide technical assistance and professional development on recess. The intent is for school staff working on recess to identify what is currently happening or not happening with recess in their school, and then use this information to develop a written recess plan that serves all students.
This document was prepared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Division of Population Health in collaboration with SHAPE America—Society of Health and Physical Educators. It was supported by conceptual, technical, and editorial assistance from subject matter experts at CDC and others from the fields of health and education.
Suggested citation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and SHAPE America—Society of Health and Physical Educators. Recess Planning in Schools: A Guide to Putting Strategies for Recess into Practice. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, US Dept of Health and Human Services; 2017.
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