CEO Jean-Claude Brizard joined teachers, students and school community members at a ribbon-cutting for a new playground at Milton Brunson Math and Science Specialty Elementary School. The new playground was built this summer and is ready for use as Brunson now provides recess to all students, which is a key component of the new CPS Full School Day launched this week to give all students access to a full, quality school day to help them succeed.
With the Full School Day, all elementary students will have a daily 25-minute recess to give them time to relax, reboot and return to the classroom refreshed and ready to learn. Prior to the Full School Day, 60 percent of all CPS elementary schools did not provide recess to students.
"We know that recess not only promotes lifelong habits of healthy living, but also increases the likelihood of a student's success in the classroom, which is why it's a key component of the new, quality Full School Day," said CPS CEO Jean-Claude Brizard. "With the Full School Day, principals and teachers in elementary schools are no longer choosing between reading or art, math or recess — they will have time to do it all, fully."
To ensure that the additional time leads to boosting academic achievement, strategic investments have been made to build a high-quality school day that is well-rounded with more time for reading, math, science, world languages and enrichment like arts, music and physical education.
In addition to the 25 minutes of recess, students at Brunson Elementary School will receive a daily average of:
- 30 more minutes in reading
- 15 more minutes in science
- 10 more minutes in enrichment
The Full School Day will look different at each school, as each principal and school community has been given the resources and flexibility to structure a quality school day that best meets the unique needs of their student body.
And be sure to check out what they're saying at STEM Elementary School about recess and the Full School Day.