More than 90 percent of elementary students get a 24 to 30-minute recess every day, reports the Center for Public Education. However, schools that once scheduled more than half an hour for recess report shaving minutes. High-minority, high-poverty and urban schools are the most likely to drop recess altogether.
Eighteen percent of elementary schools with a poverty rate over 75 percent do not provide first graders with recess compared to 3 percent of schools with 50â€“74 percent poverty rate, 4 percent with 35â€“49 percent poverty rate, and 4 percent of schools with less than 35 percent poverty rate.
These are the kids who are unlikely to have a backyard to play in or a safe park around the corner or an after-school gymnastics class.