Florida lawmakers renew call to require recess in public schools

By Emilee Speck - Digital journalist
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ORLANDO, Fla. - A bill filed with the Florida Senate Tuesday would require all state public schools to give elementary students daily recess.

State Sen. Anitere Flores, R-Miami, filed State Bill 78 on Tuesday morning, which would require each school district to “provide at least 100 minutes of supervised, safe and unstructured free-play recess each week for students in kindergarten through grade 5 so that there are at least 20 consecutive minutes of free-play recess per day.”

Sixth graders at an elementary school would also be included.

State Rep. Rene Plasencia, R-Orlando, filled the accompanying House Bill 67 with the Florida House on Wednesday.

Plasencia, an Orange County teacher, led the effort to restore recess last year and renewed that promise for the upcoming session.

The bill would take effect July 1 if it passes in the Florida Senate.

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