Rebecca Lee is one parent who fought, successfully, to get recess reinstated at her daughter’s elementary school in Virginia.

“Our school board had an unofficial anti-recess policy,” Lee explains. “They wanted to use school time in a more productive manner. The problem is, children are not computers, and we have to teach in the ways that they will learn best.”

Providing regular breaks for recess, which is now mandated by the Virginia Board of Education, is a key part of that strategy. For other parents hoping to advocate for recess in their local school districts, Lee offers some concrete advice for parents, much of it based on her own personal experience:

  • Talk to other parents
  • Form Partnerships with policy makers
  • Participate in your local school board meetings
  • Enlist the help of experts
  • Educate yourself