Chicago Public Schools encourage return of recess to elementary schools

CPS releases recess guidelines.

“Most schools began cutting recess more than three decades ago when CPS shortened lunch periods by 20 minutes, required lunch to be supervised and made teachers take their own lunches at the end of the day,” the Chicago Tribune reported May 23. “For most schools, adding recess will mean teachers will return to taking their lunch during the day, instead of after school, and the school day will be extended by 45 minutes for students.”

Chicago Public Schools released a guideline showing how schools can provide a 20-minute recess break. Schools will need to form review committee which will vote on the schedule change.

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