Provide a Safe Recess during the COVID-19 Pandemic


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ETAP 623 Fall 2020 (Zhang)

Stephanie Olbrys

Overview and Purpose

Students are given longer days in school but having their recess or free time taken from them. When they are misbehaving it is also taken from them, causing issues among their learning experiences. The problem occurs on a daily basis. The importance of children having free time throughout their day is unknown for some people. The problem is very big. No free time means students brains do not receive the break they need in order to be able to retain more information and not become burned out. A lot of teachers I see think that behavioral problems are dealt with taking away what students look forward to (their free time). However, them not having this free time causes a lot of the behavioral issues.

This course is split into three units as described below in Course Units.

Needs Assessment

I have found that physical and communicative skills affect the focus of students learning. Without these two things put into their lives in school every day, students are less-likely to remember what they have learned and are more apt to becoming irritable and bored during their day. This increases the chance of students acting out, especially those in elementary school.

Performance Objectives


1. To be able to explain and understand how recess benefits students learning productivity, mental, physical, and social health.

2. To be able to preform a safe environment for students to have recess during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Course Units

This mini-course includes the following units. Click the title of a unit to go to its page.

Unit 1: How recess benefits students learning productivity.

Unit 2: How having recess versus not having recess (or free time) affects students mental, physical, and social health.

Unit 3: To be able to preform a safe environment for students to have recess during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Reflect and Act: Offer a Safe Recess During a Pandemic