Case Study Elementary School Recess

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Case Study: Elementary Recess The need for scheduled recess in elementary school has been a constant debate amongst parents, teachers, and administration. Currently in Pinellas County Schools, there is no mandate requiring schools to provide scheduled recess for students. According to a Change.org petition “Pinellas County School's Administration Guidelines for Wellness, Physical Activity, and Nutrition says that schools should "investigate" providing 20 minutes of recess [each day]” Recently, Pinellas Parents for PE, Recess, and Healthy Schools (a group on change.org) started a petition to urge the counties superintendent to create mandates for daily scheduled recess. Though it seems all parties understand the benefits of scheduled recess, each has its own concerns. Where will the time come from? Who will be responsible for the students during this time? How will these people be compensated? Is this an additional responsibility of the classroom teacher? This case study will take a closer look at the implementation, pluses and deltas, of a recess program at a Pinellas County Elementary School.…show more content…
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