Children First: The Importance of Recess

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BOX ELDER, S.D. (KOTA TV) According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recess is just as important as the time spent in the classroom.

In the Douglas School District, elementary students have 35 minutes a day divided between a recess and lunch recess break.

Unlike some school districts, Douglas never withholds physical activity as a punishment.

Recess and gym class are good stress relievers, and can even help students stay focused. Students also develop their social skills, and stay fit.

And staying active even goes beyond recess and P.E. Time.

"We have a lot of teachers who have done things with active-permissive classrooms where they have stand up desks and different kinds of seating that allow kids to move and things like that, so they're providing different opportunities for kids to move throughout the day which is really exciting for our kiddos," said Assistant Superintendent Debi Caskey.

In total, children get about 60 minutes of physical activity every day in the Douglas School District.