At a meeting on Monday night, the Austin ISD board of trustees voted to approve a policy which mandates at least 30 minutes of recess for younger students.
The policy states that AISD students in pre-kindergarten through fifth grade will participate in at least 30 minutes of unstructured physical activity in addition to the 135 minutes of structured physical activity already required by AISD. Additionally, recess cannot be withheld as a punitive measure, as this method does not fit within AISD’s “whole child, every child” philosophy and social and emotional learning goals.
The motion to adopt the policy was approved unanimously by the board on consent.
At a board work session earlier this month, AISD Superintendent Paul Cruz said the added unstructured recess time will be implemented at all 85 of the school district’s elementary schools starting with a “soft implementation” this school year and full implementation by the 2017-18 school year.
Recess policy approved by AISD board
Olivia Lueckemeyer graduated in 2013 from Loyola University New Orleans with a degree in journalism. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in October 2016 as reporter for the Southwest Austin edition before her promotion to editor in March 2017. In July 2018 she returned home to the Dallas area and became editor of the Richardson edition.