Recess Across The United States

Pending or Enacted Physical Activity or Recess Legislation as of 2010

Alaska: NO general physical activity requirement policy. NO policy requiring or recommending recess or physical activity breaks.

Alabama: NO general physical activity requirement. NO policy requiring or recommending recess or physical activity breaks.

Arkansas: General physical activity requirement: Act 317 (2007) requires an additional 90 minutes of physical activity per week for grades K-6 to the already mandated 60 minutes per week of physical education training & instruction. The additional 90 minutes may include physical education. Recess or physical activity breaks: HR1023 (2008) strongly recommends a mid-morning and mid-afternoon recess of a minimum of 10 minutes daily.

Arizona: NO general physical activity requirement policy. NO policy requiring or recommending recess or physical activity breaks.

California: NO general physical activity requirement policy. However, every public school is allowed to post a summary of nutrition and physical activity laws & regulations. Such posts are required to be placed in all cafeterias or other major public eating areas. As for Recess or physical activity breaks, Code 33350 (1976) encourages schools to provide recess for students daily. CCR Title 5. Div 1. Chap 2. Subchap 1. Art 2. Sec 304 mandates that such recess be conducted outside of the classroom “unless it would occasion an exposure of health” and CCR Title 5. Div 1. Chap 2. Subchap 1. Art 3. Sec 352 declares that no student is to be required to remain in school during noon intermission or any recess.

Colorado: General physical activity requirement: HB 11-1069 (2011) mandates that school districts require 600 minutes per month of physical activity for students who attend 5 days per week for a full day and to establish a minimum number of minutes for students who attend fewer than 5 days per week. NO policy requiring or recommending recess or physical activity breaks.

Connecticut: General physical activity requirement: There is no actual requirement. However, the State Board of Education’s Position Statement on Nutrition and Physical Activity recommends that local school boards establish policies & procedures that assist schools in promoting physical activity and require schools to make time in the curriculum for physical activity, as well as consider such goals when planning school improvements. Recess or physical activity breaks: Chapter 170 Section 10-221 (2003) requires that the local and regional boards of education include a period of physical exercise during the school day for grades K-5.

Delaware: NO general physical activity requirement. NO policy requiring or recommending recess or physical activity breaks.

Florida: NO general physical activity requirement. NO policy requiring or recommending recess or physical activity breaks.

Georgia: NO general physical activity requirement. NO policy requiring recess or physical activity breaks.

Hawaii: Recess or physical activity breaks: The Wellness Guidelines (2006) mandates that all public school students engage in at least 20 minutes per day of supervised recess, during which moderate to physical activity is encouraged. The guidelines prohibit using or withholding physical activity as a form of punishment.

Iowa: General physical activity requirement: Iowa Code 256.11(6) (2009) requires 30 minutes of physical activity per day for grades K-6 and a minimum of 120 minutes per week of physical activity for 6-12 with possible exemptions due to religious beliefs upon a parent’s written request. For grades 6-12, the requirements can be satisfied with interscholastic athletics, marching band, dance, etc. Recess or physical activity breaks: The Iowa Association of School Board’s Wellness Policy (2010) recommends a 20-minute recess of moderate to vigorous activity per day.

Idaho: NO general physical activity requirement. NO policy requiring or recommending recess or physical activity breaks.

Illinois: NO general physical activity requirement. NO policy requiring or recommending recess or physical activity breaks.

Indiana: NO general physical activity requirement.  Recess or physical activity breaks: IAC 20-30-5-7.5 (2006) requires school corporations to provide elementary school students with daily physical activity, which may include recess.

Kansas: NO general physical activity requirement. Recess or physical activity breaks: The Wellness Policy Guidelines (2005) recommends 20 minutes of supervised recess daily in elementary schools.

Kentucky: NO general physical activity requirement. NO policy requiring or recommending recess or physical activity breaks.

Louisiana: General physical activity requirement: RS 17:17.1 (2009) requires public school grades K-8 to provide a minimum of 30 minutes each day of moderate to rigorous physical activity. NO policy requiring or recommending recess or physical activity breaks.

Massachusetts: NO general physical activity requirement. NO policy requiring or recommending recess or physical activity breaks.

Maryland: NO general physical activity requirement. NO policy requiring or recommending recess or physical activity breaks.

Maine: NO general physical activity requirement. NO policy requiring or recommending recess or physical activity breaks.

Michigan: NO general physical activity requirement. Recess or physical activity breaks: The Michigan State Board of Education’s Policies for Creating Effective Learning Environments (2000) recommends daily recess or physical activity for elementary and middle schools.

Minnesota: General physical activity requirement: no state policy, however, the Healthy Kids Bill (2010) rewards K-12 schools that create policies and practices that create opportunities for physical activity. NO policy requiring or recommending recess or physical activity breaks.

Missouri: General physical activity requirement: SB291 (2009) requires 150 minutes of moderate physical activity for each 5-day school week of elementary school. Recess or physical activity breaks: SB291 (2009) requires a minimum of one 20-minute recess period per day, which may be incorporated into the lunch period.

Mississippi: NO general physical activity requirement. NO policy requiring or recommending recess or physical activity breaks.

Montana: NO general physical activity requirement. NO policy requiring or recommending recess or physical activity breaks.

North Carolina: General physical activity requirement: State Board of Education Policy GCS-S-000 (2005) a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per day for grades K-8. Recess or physical activity breaks. The above requirement includes recess or physical activity breaks. Recess is often used to satisfy the general physical activity requirement.

North Dakota: NO general physical activity requirement. NO policy requiring or recommending recess or physical activity breaks.

Nebraska: NO general physical activity requirement. NO policy requiring or recommending recess or physical activity breaks.

New Hampshire: NO general physical activity requirement. Recess or physical activity breaks: State Board of Education Rule Ed 310.04 (2005) encourages physical activity recess periods.

New Jersey: NO general physical activity requirement. NO policy requiring or recommending recess or physical activity breaks.

New Mexico: NO general physical activity requirement. Recess or physical activity breaks: the School Wellness Policy Guidance Document recommends daily recess for elementary students.

Nevada: General physical activity requirement: The Statewide School Wellness Policy (2006) requires that a minimum of 30 minutes per day be provided for grades K-12 by all local education agencies. Recess or physical activity breaks: Any recess or activity breaks could be considered part of the general physical activity requirement.

New York: NO general physical activity requirement. NO policy requiring or recommending recess or physical activity breaks.

Ohio: NO General physical activity requirement.  NO policy requiring or recommending recess or physical activity breaks.

Oklahoma: NO General physical activity requirement NO policy requiring recess or physical activity breaks. However, the Board of Education strongly encourages school districts to incorporate physical activity for grades K-5.

Oregon:  NO General physical activity requirement. NO Policy requiring or recommending recess or physical activity breaks.

Pennsylvania: NO general physical activity requirement. NO policy requiring or recommending recess or physical activity breaks.

Rhode Island: NO general physical activity requirement.  NO policy requiring or recommending recess or physical activity breaks.

South Carolina: Code 59-10-10 (2005) requires grades K-5 be provided with a minimum of 150 minutes of physical activity weekly. Recess or physical activity breaks: The Position Statement on School Recess of the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness recommends daily supervised recess for elementary schools and prohibits the denial of such as punishment.

South Dakota: NO general physical activity requirement. NO policy requiring or recommending recess or physical activity breaks.

Tennessee: General physical activity requirement: 49-6-1021 (2006) requires a minimum of 90 minutes of physical activity per week be incorporated into the instructional school day for elementary and secondary students. Recess or physical activity breaks: The above requirement would include any recess or physical activity breaks.

Texas: General physical activity requirement: Education Code 28.002 (2007) requires grades K-5 engage in 30 minutes daily of moderate to vigorous physical activity, which may be accomplished through the physical education curriculum. Grades 6-8 are required to engage in 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity as part of the physical education curriculum for a minimum of four semesters. NO policy requiring or recommending recess or physical activity breaks.

Utah: NO general physical activity requirement. NO policy requiring or recommending recess or physical activity breaks.

Virginia: NO general physical activity requirement. Recess or physical activity breaks: State Board Rule 8VAC20-131-200 (2006) requires elementary schools provide daily recess.

Vermont: NO general physical activity requirement. Recess or physical activity breaks: The Nutrition and Physical Fitness Guidelines (2005) recommends daily recess for grades K-8.

Washington: NO general physical activity requirement. NO policy requiring or recommending recess or physical activity breaks.

Wisconsin:  NO general physical activity requirement. NO policy requiring or recommending recess or physical activity breaks.

West Virginia: NO general physical activity requirement. NO policy requiring or recommending recess or physical activity breaks.

Wyoming: NO general physical activity requirement. NO policy requiring or recommending recess or physical activity breaks.

 

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