From offering illness prevention tips to sharing studies on how school breakfast programs lead to better academic achievement, student health is a topic we talk about frequently on the Alert Solutions blog. School recess also has a large impact on student health.
Health experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE America) have partnered together to release new guidelines intended to help U.S. school leaders improve recess for k-12 students.
The benefits of recess for k-12 students are pretty obvious:
- Increasing Physical Activity Levels
- Reducing Disruptive Behavior in the Classroom
- Improving Memory, Attention & Concentration
- Expanding Social and Emotional Development
Newly released ‘Strategies for Recess in Schools’ provides 19 evidence-based recommendations designed for k-12 school administrators looking to make leadership decisions and communicate behavior and school safety expectations more effectively.
Here are just a few:
1. Identify and Document Recess Policies.
2. Teach Conflict Resolution
3. Provide a Combination of Recess Strategies.
4. Involve Students in Planning and Leading Recess.
5. Mobilize Parents to Support and Sustain Recess.
Bonus Tip! Try reaching out to parents and other school community members using a school notification system! It’s a great tool to reach tousands of individuals within minutes!
To review the other 14 recess strategies, click here.