Recess policy sparks controversy

Providence, R.I. – Parents in East Providence are concerned about a new school policy that would end a 10 minute recess after lunch. Superintendent Mario Cirillo says the goal is not to do away with recess, but to let teachers decide when students need time to play.

"Weather permitting they could go outside and have free play for 10 minutes or engage in some kind of physical activity outside with games," said Cirillo. "We're not taking anything away. I see it as an opportunity to enhance recess."

Some parents have accused the school district of taking away their children's play time. District officials say the change will mean 20 more minutes of gym classes for elementary school students plus a minimum of 10 minutes a day to break from classes.