Dear Editor,

Directly from The American Academy of Pediatrics “The American Academy of Pediatrics believes that recess is a crucial and necessary component of a child’s development and, as such, it should not be withheld for punitive or academic reasons.”

Directly from ShapeAmerica an the CDC “Recess is a necessary break in the day for optimizing a child’s social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development. In essence, recess should be considered a child’s personal time, and it should not be withheld for academic or punitive reasons.”

Why wait for the state to make a law about recess? A law that will still allow recess to be withheld as punishment going against expert advice?

How fantastic would it be if Gulf County school board would recognize the validity of the research, including that of over 66,000 pediatricians, and lead the way for so many other districts by saying YES we will be the leaders in making policy for the good of all children!

The district is already almost there by offering daily recess so why not take it all the way and follow expert advice? If what Mr. Norton says it true, that recess is taken away on a very limited basis, than is shouldn’t be a problem not taking it away at all.

Mr. Norton was quoted as saying “We have a great school district here with a small town mentality.” To me, a small town is where people say hello at the grocery store, look out for each other, shop at local stores, talk to our neighbors, and live life at a slower pace. Small towns will continue to thrive when we put the wellness of children first, open our hearts to change, and recognize that new policies/ideas can turn great into exceptional!

Thank you,

Susan Kotelman