The CDC and SHAPE America recently released new guidliens to provide schools with strategies for a safe and healthy recess.

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

Playworks contributed to the development of these guidance documents and we’re excited that the CDC and SHAPE America have taken the step to publicly recognize the importance of recess in the development of our kids.

SHAPE/CDC Recess Guidelines

Jill Vialet’s Response to SHAPE/CDC Recess Guidelines

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February 1, 2018

The Rise of the Recess Team ›

At an elementary school outside of Sacramento, CA, the recess team clusters around four different pieces of butcher paper, drawing maps for TK kindergarten, primary, and upper-grade recesses and for the after-school program recreation time. This is the second day of a two-day recess deep dive, and the group is taking a fresh look at…

July 28, 2017

Checklist: Back to School, Back to Recess ›

As teachers are preparing lesson plans, learning new curriculum, and setting up their classrooms, it is time to start prepping our collective classroom: the playground. Recess deserves back to school planning just like any other classroom. In fact, a recent Robert Woods Johnson Foundation brief recommends that schools, “Treat recess plans like lesson plans. Like classrooms, recess needs…

June 9, 2017

Game of the Month: Journey Around the World ›

This game is great to develop creativity, cognitive development, application of classroom learning, and following directions. Group Size: Any Age Group: Good for all ages Equipment: Cones for each child Before You Start: Explain to the students that you are going on a journey…AROUND THE WORLD!!  And you all can go anywhere in the whole…