Final Recess Language is Here:
I am happy to announce that we have finally passed comprehensive bill language that allows elementary school children more access to recess. After having some great discussion with the conferees of House Bill 1419 and its companion bill, Senate Bill 273, we have passed final language is now on its way to the Governor's desk.
Local school boards shall provide (i) a minimum of 680 hours of instructional time to students in elementary school,
except for students in half-day kindergarten, in the four academic disciplines of English, mathematics, science, and history and social science and (ii) a minimum of 375 hours of instructional time to students in half-day kindergarten in the four academic disciplines of English, mathematics, science, and history and social science.
§ 2. Local school boards may include and the Board of Education shall accept, for elementary school, unstructured
recreational time that is intended to develop teamwork, social skills, and overall physical fitness in any calculation of total
instructional time or teaching hours, provided that such unstructured recreational time does not exceed 15 percent of total instructional time or teaching hours.
Thank you to all the advocates who rallied behind this bill, ensuring that the final language allowed more recess to be accessible and implementable. I look forward to seeing how this piece of legislation will be used by local school boards and the changes we will see in our youth's health and focus.
2018 Governor’s Fellows Program
Governor Ralph Northam has announced the launch of the 2018 Governor’s Fellows Program. The Governor’s Fellows Program offers graduate students, rising college seniors, and graduating college seniors the opportunity to experience firsthand the administration of state government in the Commonwealth. These outstanding and highly motivated students will have the opportunity to learn directly under Cabinet secretaries in the Office of the Governor. The deadline to apply is March 18th. You can find more information here.