Some parents upset after Kenner elementary school gets rid of recess

Some parents upset after Kenner elementary school gets rid of recess

KENNER, LA (WVUE) - A local elementary school is doing away with recess, and some parents aren't happy about it.

The change is happening at Schneckenburger Elementary School in Kenner.

"They need their break, they need their recess, everyone who works an eight-hour shift gets two 15 and a lunch break. Kids need breaks," said Schneckenburger parent Amanda Benoit.

One parent was so upset to hear the news, she organized an online petition to get it back.

"I got a petition of 167 people so far and that's been two days. I want more because I'm going to the board members with it," said Schneckenburger parent Amy Stevens. "They do have PE for 45 minutes, but that's not acceptable - not for young children that are in elementary school. They need recess, they need to be able to express their selves and socialize."

The Jefferson Parish Public School System sent us this statement about the change:

The Jefferson Parish Public School System (JPPSS) enacted a policy regarding recess for students in response to a state mandate that districts add 15 minutes of instructional time to the school day in 2002. JPPSS made the decision to forego recess to include that instructional time.

Principals in JPPSS are responsible for scheduling at their schools and decide accordingly to meet their students' needs.

Based on the school's testing data, the principal at Schneckenburger Elementary School developed the school year 2016-2017 schedule to add more English Language Arts instructional time to reflect the state guidelines. Teachers are encouraged to include a "brain break" for students that is tied to the classroom activity. 

Schneckenberger students participate in a daily 45 minute physical education class taught by certified physical education instructors. 

It's unclear whether recess has been canceled at other Jefferson Parish Public schools. We reached out to the school system about that, but they have not gotten back to us yet.

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