The Museum is proud to be a founding collaborator of Recess for Rhode Island, a coalition of organizations and individuals advocating for a statewide recess policy that:
- Recognizes that children’s self-directed free play is essential to their cognitive, physical, social and emotional health and well-being.
- Provides at least 20 minutes of recess – optimally 30-40 minutes – every day for all elementary school students (active outdoor play as often as possible).
- Allows children to freely engage with each other and determine their own play, within reasonable boundaries, during well-supervised recess.
- Stipulates that physical education class and mandated participation in adult-led sports and games, while also beneficial, shall not replace recess.
- Prohibits denying recess to an individual student or a class as a disciplinary measure.
- Requires accommodations during recess for children with mental and physical disabilities.
- Recognizes that for some children a supervised school setting is the only safe place self-directed play is available.
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