Recess at St. Louis

We respectfully urge the St. Louis administration to increase total recess time to 30 minutes per day for Pre-Kindergarten through 5th grade students, and to 15 minutes for middle school students. Researchers have determined that children pay more attention and exhibit better behavior after recess and with frequent breaks, All of the following educational organizations support substantial recess time for school children because of its cognitive, social, emotional, and physical benefits--the National Educational Association, the National Principal's Association, the NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children), and the United Nations Convention on Children's Rights, among others.


This petition is sponsored by a group of concerned parents at St. Louis School in Austin, TX. Please contact for more information, or if you have questions.


More information about the benefits of recess can be found at


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