Myself and another parent have been endlessly trying to get our children's recess back. This last school year, our elementary children's school recess was cut to 20 minutes a day — and that was the only recess time.
Recess studied across scientific fields, from psychology, neurology, sociology and others, has demonstrated all the benefits from unstructured physical activity. It even helps children learn better. Yet, schools across the Anchorage School District have only 20 minutes of recess.
The school district is doing a disfavor in so many ways to our children. Many news articles about teachers and other district issues are important, but none have focused on our children and what they are facing due to the district's policies.
We made a parent petition, went to school parent-teacher meetings, talked to the superintendent, and partnered with Great Alaska Schools and the Anchorage Education Association. However, nothing has happened for a positive change. In light of this, we ask the community to contact the school board. The board's email is email@example.com; the district's phone number is 907-742-4000. We hope recess is given back before the beginning of this next school year.
— Helena Schmitz
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