A fellow classmate of mine passed along an article to me that I thought deserved some attention.
Despite Benefits, Recess for Many Students Is Restricted
State Senator of New Jersey, Shirley K. Turner, has proposed a bill that would require schools to implement 20 minutes of recess. This may not seem like a lot of time, but it is when your school doesn't make anytime.
The article points out obstacles that many schools face with recess - not enough staffing, no time in the academic schedule, the potential for behavior issues between students, etc. What is great about these obstacles is with a little creative thinking by the school administration and teamwork amongst educators, these problems can be eliminated. There shouldn't be any excuses! Students need recess.
Check out these two articles regarding this topic:
Pediatricians say kids need recess during school
The Rebirth of Recess