In Jan 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and SHAPE America released new guidance documents that provide schools with:
- Nineteen evidence-based strategies for recess
- A planning guide
- A template to help develop a written recess plan that integrates these strategies
The SHAPE/CDC Recess Guidelines recommend that in designing an effective strategy for recess, schools should remember to make leadership decisions, communicate and enforce expectations, create a supportive environment, engage in school community support, and gather necessary information.