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Strategies for Recess to Support Student Success

A talk by Catherine Ramstetter PhD, CHES, FASHA
School Health Consultant, Successful Healthy Children

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As schools reopen, planning must consider not only academics, but also the social and emotional wellbeing of both students and staff. Students will be returning from a variety of experiences, many of which were traumatic: isolation from friends, struggles with learning in a virtual platform, disconnection from school, and the stress of parents who may have been working at home, or lost employment. And, for some students' families, these stresses are compounded by food or housing insecurity, violence and general uncertainty. School CAN be a safe haven, but we must prepare. A well-planned recess can be a safe place for reconnection with peers, teachers and school in general. Through meaningful play, students practice social interaction, exploration and creativity and will be better prepared to learn. This session will provide a brief overview of the considerations, policies and practices for schools to implement a recess that is not only safe, but also playful and supportive for learning.