October 14, 2020

What should recess — and play — look like in a socially distanced world?

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Over the summer, educators and experts have been grappling with what the pandemic means for recess —typically an uninhibited free time for unstructured play—now that social interaction is curtailed and playground equipment off limits. As schools slowly trickle back to in-person classes amid mask wearing mandates and single-direction hallways, are isolation squares all that kids have to look forward to?

The obvious solution might be to cancel recess altogether. After all, no recess could mean a shorter school day, less possibilities of infection and a chance to avoid the meticulous planning and precautions necessary to make recess safe and, well, fun. Play experts, however, do not recommend this approach.

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