Exercise

by kristina
(vancouver wa)

My ten year old son has SPD and has been getting in trouble at school.. The principle insists that the only discipline she has the option to give to him is that she requires him to miss recess. I have expressed to her that my son has SPD and he needs his recess to be as self regulated at school as possible. I suggested that he only miss one recess and be allowed to go out for the other , but i understood that this might mean he would owe more days in the office .. She emailed me a response stating that she does want to keep Elans sensory needs in mind. she is having him escorted to And from the office ( to spend recess sitting talking to her) she instructed the teacher escort to take him on a "walk about " to allow him exercise and fresh air.. That meaning he is taken outside one door and walks the long way to the office and back into the building to the office.. So really he only gets 2 minutes at beat outside per day when he is in trouble . I am concerned that he needs to be given more physical activity..


What is the minimum requirement suggested for kids in a public school setting for adequate exercise? Isnt playing outside with friends different than being sent on a short walk about ? Also physical education is only held once per week at his school and he looks forward to thursdays because thats his favorite class.. Thank you - A concerned parent .

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May 05, 2013
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by: Anonymous

Do yu have an IEP in place? If not I would get one and have it very clear on there that recess is NOT to be used as punishment. Legally they can not go against something that is agreed upon on the IEP. You could also get an IEP advocate. They have helped us a lot.

Feb 22, 2013
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Recess should never be used as punishment.
by: Anonymous

I am grateful that my daughter's school has a rule that recess will never be taken away as a punishment. Children have to have that outlet during the day if they are going to learn. You should check on your state's laws about such punishment. It is too important, especially for children with SPD, to get that time in their day! If the school does not have a rule about taking recess away, you may want to see about starting a petition and get that changed.

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