More-recess-time law playing out at Arkansas schools

Originally published April 21, 2019 in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

By Cynthia Howell

The school day will be 20 minutes longer in the coming 2019-20 school year in North Little Rock School District elementary schools as a way to provide more time for classroom instruction and recess.

The class day that now begins at 7:50 a.m. and goes to 2:30 p.m. for the district’s kindergarten-through-fifth-grade pupils will continue to start at 7:50 a.m. in the new school year, but will end at 2:50 p.m., as the result of a School Board vote last week. Read More


Roanoke County School Board approves longer recess for elementary students

Originally published Dec. 14, 2018 in the Roanoke Times.

By Andrew Adkins

Recess time will officially be extended for Roanoke County elementary school students, following a trial run that administrators said has yielded positive results.

The Roanoke County School Board approved the new recess policy Thursday through its consent agenda. Central office staff had proposed the move last month. Read More