As a kid, I vividly recall having a “recess” time. Even now, my two kids (2nd and 4th graders, respectively), have a daily recess (the 4th grader less now than my 2nd grader) and Physical Education (P.E.) at least twice a week. However, there are many schools where recess is shortened and P.E. is non-existent; in the former’s case, at least one parent is hoping to make a statement by taking her school district to task for such a decision.
A cutback in dedicated recess time for elementary students in the Manatee County School District is causing concern among some parents and motivating one parent to bring a motion before the school board to restore recess time.
Kate Smith, an estate lawyer with two children at Virgil Mills Elementary School, began researching the issue when her third-grade daughter came home from school stressed and upset one day because she did not have recess. Smith also has a son in kindergarten at the school.
“I promised her I’d do something about it,” Smith told the Bradenton Herald. Smith said she plans to bring a motion before the school board during a regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday to ask the board to reconsider its approach and reinstate the process.
Florida State Statute stipulates that each school district must provide 150 minutes of physical education each week for students in kindergarten through grade 5. The Manatee County School District 2014-15 student progression plan states the elementary schools must provide 30 consecutive minutes of physical education daily for students