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Recess: An Essential Part of the School Day

March 18, 2015
In the Media
Mary Elizabeth Dallas
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Recess is an essential part of children's school days that can help set students up for success once they head back to the classroom, a new study suggests.

Yet, many schools are cutting back on recess or not offering quality recess time. This may have unintended negative consequences, the Stanford University researchers cautioned.

"Recess isn't normally considered part of school climate, and often is shortchanged in tight fiscal times, but our research shows that [recess] can be a critical contributor to positive school climate in low-income elementary schools," study co-author Milbrey McLaughlin, the founding director of Stanford's John W. Gardner Center, said in a university news release.

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