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Information on the Recess Before Lunch

A few years ago, our lunch/recess scheduling was been changed for a number of important reasons. Children now have recess before lunch. The lunch/recess period is 40 minutes. Kindergarten has a 30 minute lunch. Recess takes place at Edward Alden Park across Sacramento St. All grades have recess before lunch. Recent studies have found that recess before lunch has many benefits.

  • Improved cafeteria atmosphere. Students are focused on eating rather than the playground.
  • Fewer classroom discipline problems. Students return to class calmer.
  • Increased milk, vegetable and entree consumption. There is less trash and increased nutrient and fluid intake.

Our hope is that this schedule will promote better nutrition and student achievement for every student.