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 recess immediately before or after lunch. 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.