New NJ Law Says K-5 Students Must Have Recess

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Today New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy enacted a law that requires kids in grades K-5 to get at least 20 minutes of recess a day. In 2016, former Governor Chris Christie had pocket vetoed the same legislation.

The law states that recess should be held outside if possible and according to the New Jersey Herald, the only reason a student can be denied recess is if they violate a school's code of conduct.

Recess, even for 20 minutes, will allow kids to take a mental break and return to class ready to focus on the next task at hand. Most adults take a short break at work to chat with co-workers or clear their heads so why shouldn't kids get that same opportunity?

Read the NJHerald.com story here.

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