Recess in Schools
CDC and SHAPE America have developed new resources for recess in schools. These resources will help schools develop a written recess plan and use evidence-based strategies for recess to increase students’ physical activity and improve their academic achievement.
The Strategies for Recess in Schools provides schools with evidence-based strategies for planning and providing recess in schools. The Recess Planning in Schools: A Guide to Putting Strategies for Recess into Practice helps schools develop a written recess plan that integrates the evidence-based strategies. There also is a Recess Planning Template that schools can use to customize what is included in the recess plan to reflect their existing priorities and make recess decisions that support the unique culture of their school.
These resources are designed for state and school district leaders that provide technical assistance and professional development on recess to physical education teachers, classroom teachers, recess and playground supervisors, support staff, school administrators, parent-teacher organizations, school health coordinators, school health advisory councils, parents, national organizations, and anyone interested in supporting recess in schools.
New Recess Resources
Strategies for Recess in Schools Describes evidence-based strategies for planning and providing recess in schools.
Recess Planning in Schools Helps schools develop a written recess plan.
Recess Planning Template Customizable template for schools to use to document the strategies they will use in their school recess plan.
Visit SHAPE America’s website and download additional resources that can help schools address the evidence-based strategies for recess.
States and districts can collaborate with state or district organizations (e.g., Action for Healthy Kids, Alliance for a Healthier Generation, SHAPE America affiliates) to promote recess in schools, train school staff on how to use these resources, and share Ideas for Parents: Recess directly with parents.
Schools and school groups can use Strategies for Recess in Schools to identify the evidence-based strategies for planning and providing recess in schools and use the Recess Planning in Schools: A Guide to Putting Strategies for Recess into Practice and the Recess Planning Template to help schools develop a written recess plan.
Schools can use Ideas for Parents: Recess to work with schools and advocate for providing and improving recess in their children’s schools.