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As soon as the next school year, all primary students will be eligible each day for two periods of recess of at least 20 minutes.
Québec considers that this measure will promote the health and achievement of young people.
“The beneficial effects of the recess are known, documented. They enable students to be physically active, spend time outdoors, to aerate the brain and contribute to the creation of a school climate that is healthy,” said the minister of Education, Jean-François Roberge, at the announcement that was made in the late-morning Tuesday in a school in Lac-Beauport.
Currently, the school system provides for two “cooling off periods” per day, but their duration is not specified.
According to a survey conducted by the quebec Coalition on the issue of the weight by 2017, nearly 40% of elementary schools in Quebec would be less than a 15-minute break in the morning and in the afternoon. Approximately 20 % of schools have no recess in the afternoon.
The school system will be changed so that the schools now offer “a minimum” of 20 minutes of recess twice a day. No follow-up mechanism is, however, expected to ensure that the schools comply with this new regulation.
The quebec Coalition on the issue of the weight welcomed this announcement, which was included in the commitments of the Coalition avenir Quebec during the election campaign.
“The benefits are undeniable,” says its director, Corinne Voyer.
This last reminds us that experts recommend a minimum of 60 minutes of activity per day for children aged between 5 and 17 years of age.