Fairfax working group will propose improved school schedules

On Friday Tricia Cowell and I discussed our concerns about the current elementary school schedules with Interim Deputy Superintendent Dan Parris and our excellent representatives on the Fairfax County School Board: Elizabeth Schultz (Springfield District) and Sandy Evans (Mason District). Parris is leading a working group that is studying ways of improving the schedules. One of the goals is providing full-day Mondays for the elementary school students.

The current schedule for the elementary schools does not provide sufficient time to allow any more than 10 minutes a day for recess while also meeting the requirements in the Standards of Accreditation for the standard school day. The length of time spent at recess varies from school to school. Parris said he did not have statistics on the amount of time allowed for recess at all of the elementary schools.

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