Illinois is one step closer to requiring schools to hold recess for certain grades.
Illinois lawmakers passed a bill that requires recess for thirty minutes a day for kindergarten through fifth grade students. That time could be divided into two recess periods of 15 minutes each.
That’s only half the amount of playtime that the original bill would have required as it passed out of the Senate. The original bill also would have applied to students from kindergarten through eighth grade, but the bill was narrowed as a concession to opponents that included groups representing teachers, principals and administrators.
The bill would also prohibit schools from withholding recess as a form of punishment.