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Jasey Statement on Delay of New Recess Requirement for Elementary Schools

Jasey Sponsored the Law Signed by Gov. Murphy in August

Assemblywoman Mila Jasey (D-Essex/Morris) on Tuesday issued the following statement in response to the decision by the Department of Education to delay the implementation of the new recess requirement for elementary schools until the 2019-2020 school year.

Jasey was the primary sponsor of the measure which was signed by Gov. Murphy last month, and requires public elementary schools to provide a minimum of 20 minutes of recess every day.

“The law requiring recess for all elementary school students, which was signed by Governor Murphy on August 10th, with the expectation that it would go into effect at the start of this school year, has been delayed until September, 2019. While I am disappointed in this turn of events, I am gratified that the governor signed the bill and that the public support for it was so overwhelming. I encourage school districts to embrace the intent of this law and commit resources to ensure that recess is available to all students. Let kids play!”