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House Bill could mandate recess time for young students

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The Georgia Senate will soon decide the fate of a bill that could mandate recess for elementary students.

House Bill 273 would require an average of 30 minutes per day of recess in kindergarten through fifth grade.

The exception would be if students already have  physical education or other "structured activity" scheduled.

Thomas County school leaders and parents said they think its a good idea for young students to get time outside.

"We do realize there is a need to get students more active, if increasing their recess time will help in that regard then we will do everything we can to make that possible," said Dr. Dusty Kornegay, Thomas County Superintendent.

"As a parent of two, I think its very important that we keep physical education in the school system, a healthy child, a rested child, means students can succeed better," said Jessica Jones, Parent.

House members passed the bill earlier this month in a vote of 147 to 17.

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