Trustees discuss mandatory recess at elementary schools

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Trustees gave initial consideration on Thursday to a proposed policy change to require all elementary schools to offer recess at least once a day for students in preK–fifth grade.

Trustee Dan Micciche, who is proposing the policy change, said research shows the positive benefits of recess for young students. While many Dallas ISD elementary schools have daily recess, it is not required by district policy. The proposed policy change would also not allow teachers to withhold recess from students as punishment for low-level infractions.

Superintendent Michael Hinojosa said the district is open to the proposed policy change. He said the district would do further research and gather feedback from principals and teachers on how the district could safely implement the policy and still allow flexibility for school administrators.

Trustees are set to discuss the proposed policy change again next month.

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