Abbotsford Cancelled Recess

Abbotsford was one of only a handful of districts around the province which cancelled recess during job action last spring.  Most of the other districts who cancelled recess were rural areas where having management drive out to supervise children was not feasible.  In Abbotsford, this was not the case.  However, apparently the stress of having to leave their jobs mid-day to cover recess was too stressful for managers, who balked at doing the duty.

It reminds me of a “Recess” episode (http://pollystreaming.com/Recess-Season-4-Episode-7-Recess-is-cancelled_v9719) where  recess was cancelled, under the guise of protecting instructional time and increasing test scores.  It would be funny, if it wasn’t for the fact that taking away recess is punitive to children, the very ones School Boards are charged with protecting.

https://www.bctf.ca/local34/documents/RecessCancelled.pdf

http://globalnews.ca/news/1318376/abbotsford-school-district-cancels-recess-for-students/

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