Bills Would Guarantee Young School Children Enjoy Recess - NBC10 Boston

Bills Would Guarantee Young School Children Enjoy Recess

Find NBC Boston in your area

Channel 10 on most providers

Channel 15, 60 and 8 Over the Air

    processing...

    NEWSLETTERS

    Bills Would Guarantee Young School Children Enjoy Recess
    Getty Images

    As the new school year begins around Massachusetts, some lawmakers want to assure that children don't miss out on recess.

    Legislation scheduled to be heard on Wednesday by the Legislature's Education Committee would require all public school students in kindergarten through fifth grade to receive at least 20 consecutive minutes of "supervised, safe and unstructured free-play recess'' during each school day.

    The bill co-sponsored by Democratic Rep. Marjorie Decker, of Cambridge, and Democratic Sen. Michael Rush, of Boston, would also prohibit the state from increasing total elementary school time to provide for required recess periods.

    Backers say children benefit socially and physically from unstructured recess and there appears to be at least some bipartisan agreement: Republican Reps. Paul Frost, of Auburn and Bradford Hill, of Ipswich introduced similar proposals.

    Death Toll, Damages Climb From Typhoon Hagibis

    [NATL] Death Toll, Damages Climb From Typhoon Hagibis

    The death toll from Typhoon Hagibis climbed to 53 on Tuesday, days after it tore through Japan and left hundreds of thousands of homes wrecked, flooded or out of power. Hagibis caused more than 200 rivers to overflow when it hit the island nation on Saturday.

    (Published Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019)

    Get the latest from NBC Boston anywhere, anytime:

    App

    Download our FREE app for iPhone, iPad and Android. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and sign up for our e-mail newsletters.