Elementary Students to Get More Recess Time
Posted on 04/30/2018
Children at Recess

PWCS will take advantage of a new law to give elementary students the benefit of more exercise and unstructured time during the school day. Elementary calendars will provide for double the current minimum daily recess time during the 2018-19 school year that starts in August. That means elementary students will get a full half hour of unstructured activity every day.  

The change is possible thanks to recent legislation allowing school divisions to count recess as part of the instructional day.

“We’ve long understood the benefits of exercise and unstructured activity for student learning, health, and wellbeing,” said Superintendent Steve Walts. “This new law means we’re free to build those benefits into the daily instructional time that Virginia requires.”

Revised PWCS regulations will now require elementary students to get 20 minutes of recess, either just before or after lunch. Schools will be free to decide when to schedule the additional 10 minutes.

The Virginia law allowing the change was supported by the PWCS 2018 Legislative Priorities, and advocated by local activists. It takes effect July 1.

For more information please refer to the following regulations: Wellness Plan and Elementary Instructional Day.