• Spread the word about our effort in your circles and direct like-minded supporters to our Facebook page (here). The greater we are in number, the stronger we are in Tallahassee.  You can also search below for a Facebook group in your county.

​​​We are thrilled that recess is in Tallahassee again this session.  Please visit our bill page to learn more. 

Recess Bills.

URGENT CALL TO ACTION

The Senate has just passed its version of the Public School Recess Bill (THE VOTE WAS UNANIMOUS). Now it will be messaged to the Florida House of Representatives. Join us in calling on leadership there to pull the Senate bill and take it up on the House floor for debate and a vote in its original form. NO CHANGES OR AMENDMENTS!  56 Representatives signed on to co-sponsor the bill in its original form. Many more pledged their support. The Senate bill is the one Floridians want to see become law. We need to send a clear message to House leadership that anything less is a failure to properly represent the people of our state – and a loss for Florida's children.

Please contact the following people TODAY:
     Speaker Corcoran: (850) 717-5000 ~ richard.corcoran@myfloridahouse.gov ~@richardcorcoran

     Rules Chair Oliva: (850) 717-5110 ~Jose.Oliva@myfloridahouse.gov ~ @RepJoseOliva

Please ask them to pull the SENATE recess bill out of messaging and send it to the House floor. NO CHANGES OR AMENDMENTS!  Please help us get the GOOD recess bill (SB78) passed – 20min/day for K-5 separate and apart from PE!

  • Ask your child’s teacher what recess looks like in their classroom this year. Is it 20 minutes daily at a minimum? Unstructured? Outdoor? Does the teacher have a practice of withholding recess for academic or punitive reasons? You’ll want to have this information on hand as you reach out to legislators.

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  • Contact your State Senator and State Representative NOW to introduce yourself and to relay your expectation that he or she support daily recess (Senate Bill 78) during this legislative session.  You can find the names of your local legislators by utilizing this link: here


How Can You Help?

Welcome, All.

WELCOME, recess advocates! We want to say “thank you” for joining us in our mission to bring 20 minutes of daily unstructured, free-play recess to ALL public elementary school children in the entire State of Florida! 


Recess is a critical component of healthy child development. The benefits include but are not limited to:

  • Lifelong skills acquired for communication, negotiation, cooperation, sharing, problem solving, and coping are not only foundations for healthy development - but more predictive of future success than any other measure.
  • Optimizes social, psychological, emotional, physical and cognitive development.
  • Maximizes learning effectiveness and retention.
  • Improvements in classroom behavior, memory and attention.

 

Recess as part of the school day is well researched and supported by leading national organizations such as the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Association of Early Childhood Specialists in State Departments of Education, the National Wildlife Federation, the National PTA and the Florida PTA, the Florida Education Association, the National Association of Elementary School Principals, and the National Association for Sport and Physical Education.  Recess is also supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Health and Human Services. 


The evidence is indisputable: Recess Matters!

Let's restore a daily 20 minute unstructured recess period for all elementary school students in the State of Florida.

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