Recess Time Doubles for Elementary Students, Teachers Plan How to Implement

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Many elementary students in the state will get double the recess time starting next school year.

The new law will increase play time from 20 to 40 minutes a day.

Several north Little Rock schools were part of a pilot project this year with an hour-long recess.

School officials say the students enjoyed it and even stayed more on task. But for teachers, it cut into their instruction time more than they expected.

“Putting that extra recess first thing in the morning so that can be an incentive to get kids in school on time and if they are a little late it’s not taken out of instruction,” Executive Director of North Little Rock Elementary Lori Smith says.

Principals and staff at each of the district’s nine elementary schools will decide how to split up the 40 minutes of play time.

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