TRENTON, N.J. (CBS) — A bill moving through the legislature in Trenton would require New Jersey schools to have recess.
The bill would require that students in kindergarten through fifth grade have a daily, 20-minute recess period. That’s time that would not count toward schools’ mandate of 150 minutes of weekly physical education.READ MORE: Timberwolves Spoil Embiid's 76ers Return With 2OT Victory
JoAnn Doherty, past president of the New Jersey Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, says recess has health and academic benefits.READ MORE: 'It's Just Too Much.' Neighbors Remember 51-Year-Old Gunned Down In Poplar
“I taught for 44 years in the state of New Jersey,” Doherty said. “And I have worked with kindergarten kids. And I can tell you that they can’t stay in a classroom without some kind of a break.”
But some educators warn that mandating recess will mean less time for something else in the school day.MORE NEWS: Caught On Camera: Fire Rips Through Vacant Bar In Penns Grove, New Jersey
The Senate-passed bill has cleared the Assembly Education Committee. The full Assembly could consider the measure in December.