AUSTIN, Texas — On Monday, the Senate Committee on Education held a meeting to discuss Senate Bill 364, which is a bill that would require schools to have a recess policy.

The bill requires that model policies be developed on recess period during the school day.

According to the bill, the policies must include guidelines for outdoor equipment and facilities on public school campuses that maximize the effectiveness of outdoor physical activity.

If the bill is passed, the policy will have to specify the required number of minutes of 'weekly unstructured playtime' and whether a student's recess time can be withheld as a form of discipline.

The recess policy needs to be reviewed and revised at least every five years, according to the bill.

If the bill is passed, the Texas Education Agency will be tasked to develop recess policies no later than Jan. 1, 2020, and the recess policies have to be adopted by the board of trustees in each school district by May 1, 2020.

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