PHOENIX - A Valley school district has scrapped recess and is waiting for a Wednesday school meeting to get final approval.
The ditching of recess has made some kids in the Laveen Elementary School District unhappy.
The students practiced a chant to save a kid's favorite past-time of afternoon recess.
"We've lost our afternoon recess," said third grader Sean Stark.
His classmates rallied around each other to share their recess woes with ABC15.
"We want our school recess to come back," said 3rd grader Bradley McBride.
The Laveen Elementary School District said it cut the afternoon recess so students could spend more time in the classroom.
"In order to get more instructional time, something had to be given up," said Superintendent Ron Dickson. "Basically what we eliminated at all six schools is the 10-minute afternoon recess."
A move that's not really playing well with parents from Vista del Sur traditional school.
"That doesn't make sense to me," said parent Jeff Hale. "You can't cram more and more teaching down these kids throats. You [have to] give them a chance to break. You [have to] give them a recess."
Other parents compared it to how the courts function.
"Judges call recess for jurors that are tired because they need a mental break and a physical break," said parent Cindy Stark. "We shouldn't expect anything less from our kids."
Laveen's superintendent says the kids can still run around before and after school and at lunch. Then in the afternoon, he says they can stay inside and take "brain breaks".
"We do have teachers monitor their students and decide when they need short energizers, brain breaks and incorporating those into the lessons as needed," Dickson said.
But some Laveen Elementary School parents warn that if administrators take recess away, they will take their kids some place else.
"Look and see whatever schools are out there and if they're willing to work with parents. Then you might be more inclined to go to those schools," said Hale.
The district said its site council will decide the recess issue Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. in Laveen.
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