Support H. 235 The Recess Bill

FOCUS: Education
GOAL: Mandate minimum 20 minutes of recess for every child in Massachusetts
DEADLINE: February 1, 2018


Massachusetts Recess Bill H.235 by Marjorie Decker would mandate 20 minutes of recess per day for all children across the state of Massachusetts, and will allow districts to count time spent at recess towards state required structured learning time. If this bill passes, it will not only protect recess for all kids in the state but it will pave the way for districts to greatly expand the amount of time spent at recess.

Strong and compelling research shows time and again that the more recess children have, the more they succeed academically. If you are unfamiliar with this research, please refer to the links below.

In Brookline, MA, second grade recess was cut from 2 times per day to just 1 at the start of the year. There is also a lot of concern around how to fit in more recess while still meeting the state’s 900 hours of structured learning requirement. Many cities and towns have even less recess. Kids need more recess, and this bill would really help make that happen. If you want to support this effort, here’s how you can help:


Sign the petition: Sign the “We Support Massachusetts Recess Bill H 235 Petition” advocating for this bill—anyone in Massachusetts can sign it.

Email and/or call: The fate of this bill is in the hands of the Education Subcommittee, so please take a minute to reach out to the Committee Chairs: Alice Peisch and Sonya Chang-Diaz this week.

Chairwoman Alice Peisch

Chairwoman Sonya Chang-Diaz

Any email should also be cc’d to Kaitlyn Camp at

Click here for a template letter, in case you would like to use it in an email to the members of the education committee. Feel free to take out the part about Brookline, unless you live in Brookline!


The Crucial Role of Recess in School

Recess: It’s important. Does your child get enough of it?

Child’s Play Is Good for All of Us

Why some schools are sending kids out for recess four times a day

Brookline should take the lead on maximum recess


1. Reach MOCs via the Capitol Switchboard: (202) 224-3121
2. Look up your elected senators and reps.
3. Use Faxzero to send free faxes from your computer to your Senator or Congressperson.
4. Use Resistbot to send faxes to your senators right from your phon.: Text the word “RESIST” to 50409.


1. Reach your reps via the State House Switchboard: (617) 722-2000
2. Look up your elected senators and reps in the Massachusetts State House.