Our K-5 children currently attend Physical Education/Gym once in a 6 day CYCLE. In comparison, other districts on Long Island have Gym 2-3 times a WEEK. Are you aware that in the month of November, Long Beach children attended Gym only 2-3 days depending on which day the special fell? Whereas, all of the other districts surveyed went to Gym 8-11 times in that same month.
Additionally, in order to meet the state mandate, The Long Beach School District has removed traditional “recess” and has turned it into a physical education class. That means during an entire school day, our children only have 22 minutes to eat lunch, unwind and socialize with their peers before organized “recess” begins. Gone are the days where a child can choose what they want to do during their recess.
In K-2 the specials are: Music, Art, FLES (Spanish), Gym, Library and Computers. Do our students really need 42 minutes within every 6 day cycle dedicated to visiting the library? No. Couldn’t this instead be achieved by having the kids periodically visit the Library with their classroom teacher? In grades 3-5, the specials are: Music, Art, FLES (Spanish), Gym, Health and Spirit (IB Prep). Could the state mandates for health education instead be met by a periodic push-in health lesson in lieu of 42 minutes within every 6-day cycle?
According to The National Association for the Education of Young Children, “School recess is often the only time during the workday that children are able to be care-free – a time when their bodies and voices are not under tight control. It is a widely held view that unstructured play is a developmentally appropriate outlet for reducing stress in children’s lives, and research shows that physical activity improves children’s attentiveness and decreases restlessness”.
It’s time to take a stand for our children and demand what is necessary for their health and well-being. Please sign this petition supporting the placement of Gym twice within the 6 day Cycle.