Delegate Delaney Advocates for More Recess

"Parents Lobby for More Recess in Virginia Schools"

"Del. Karrie Delaney, D-67th District, and Sen. Chap Petersen, D-34th District, are backing similar bills aimed at giving local school boards the option to expand recess times for elementary schoolers, and both pieces of legislation are picking up steam in the legislative process."​​

“I’m a mother of two myself, so I get it,” Delaney said. “My peers are the ones advocating for this...and when I heard people saying they’re deeply concerned that their young child doesn’t have enough time during the day for unstructured play, I listened.”

Delaney also pointed to evidence that unstructured physical activity can help kids increase their focus in the classroom, and she found support for this sort of legislation from a host of advocacy groups, like the local chapters of the American Heart Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics.