Wellness

Many of the outstanding questions regarding recess, physical education, and healthy food choices are referenced in DCPS' most recent wellness policy. It ensures that:
  • Grades K-8 are provided at least one daily period of recess at least 20 minutes in length. Recess provides students with child-initiated discretionary time to engage in physical activity that helps them develop healthy bodies and enjoyment of movement;
  • Staff receive professional development to promote students’ physical activity during recess and to develop conflict resolution skills to assist in working through disputes between students;
  • Mandatory physical activity (e.g., running laps or pushups) or the withholding of physical activity (e.g., recess or physical education) will not be used as punishment, but additional physical activity opportunities may be used as a reward.​
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