Hampton Roads elementary students could get more recess


VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — When school starts again this fall, elementary school students may get to double their recess time.

A new state law that goes into effect July 1 allows school districts to count recess as part of the instructional day, allowing kids 30 minutes to play.

10 On Your Side reached out to Hampton Roads school districts to find out if they will add extra recess.

Virginia Beach will leave it up to the individual schools.  Currently, students get recess for 15 minutes a day. 

A school district spokesperson said it typically comes at the end of a 30 minute P.E. block.

The new law would allow for more free play at other times of the day or added on to that.

The spokesperson said the district plans to provide schools with direction regarding the new policy and guidelines for structuring recess within their school’s schedules.

Portsmouth Schools have no plans to increase their recess time, which is now 20 minutes a day.

Nor does Chesapeake, which also offers 15 to 20 minutes a day.

A Hampton Schools spokesperson told 10 On Your Side the district is taking the new law into account but it hasn’t made any decisions yet on how it might play out in the next school year.

Newport News says its students currently get 30 minutes of recess a day and they are reviewing the new law.

Recess time in Suffolk Public Schools will increase from 15 minutes to 20 minutes. 

Norfolk elementary schools will also see an increase in time from the district’s recommended 20 minutes of recess.

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