Bill mandates recess for elementary students
Bill prevents denying recess as a disciplinary action
March 2, 2023
OLYMPIA — Public school elementary school students would be guaranteed 30 minutes of recess daily under a bill moving through the Legislature.
Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 5257, sponsored by Sen. T’wina Nobles, D-Fircrest, requires 30 minutes of recess and prevents school employees from denying recess as a disciplinary measure.
The bill passed the Senate, 28-21.
“Play is critical to positive youth development,” Nobles said. “What we know about recess is it can lower cortisol levels. It can increase problem-solving, and it can help our students build relationships with each oth...