In a recent study sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and conducted by Mathematica Policy Research and Stanford University, researchers found that investing in recess and organized play can prevent bullying, improve students’ behavior at recess and readiness for class, and provide more time for teaching and learning.

Elementary students receive 30 minutes of daily organized recess immediately before or after lunch. The State refers to this as “daily physical education” though this is different from what is typically considered a traditional physical education class. If there is a medical reason why the child’s activities should be restricted for an extended period of time, it is necessary that parents secure a statement to this effect from the family doctor.