Langston Participates in Additional Recess Program

Langston Participates in Additional Recess Program
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Last year, 32 Arkansas schools were selected to participate in a Pilot Program to extend recess time for students in grades K-6. The Hot Springs School District’s Langston Aerospace and Environmental Magnet School was among those to apply and receive selection for the study. Under the initiative, Langston students enjoy a total of 60 minutes of recess, every day.

“Our students and teachers are very pleased with this added time for play. It’s important that we allow our children the rest and release they need from lessons and other stress they may be under. This is fun, and we look forward to seeing how long term behavior and student performance here and at other schools may be different because of this new program,” says Principal Eileen Ellars.

Students in kindergarten-1st grade are provided with a 15-minute recess in the morning and late afternoon, and 30 minutes during lunch. Students in 2nd-4th grade enjoy 30 minutes of a morning recess and another 30 minutes at lunch. 5th grade students, who attend the HSSD Park Magnet IB World School/Hot Springs Intermediate School campus, also are benefiting from the pilot study with 30 minutes of added recess.

Participating teachers and administrators are responsible for completing surveys throughout the year to provide feedback to the Arkansas Department of Education about observed improvements in behavior and discipline, which will contribute toward measurable data of the program.

Visit with your Langston student about how added recess is hopefully making their learning experience more fun. Learn more about the Extended Recess Pilot Program, here.
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