As a part of gearing up to begin program, it is important for the occupational therapist (and/or other school staff) implementing the program to meet and begin to develop a positive, trusting relationship with the relevant stakeholders. Relevant stakeholders include any person who has a vested interest in or may be impacted by the recess program such as recess supervisors, students, principal, teachers and other school staff, the custodian, and families. All relevant stakeholders need to be informed about what the Refreshing Recess program is and when it will take place.
The most important stakeholders to collaborate with are the recess supervisors. Although there may be variation in who actually serves in this capacity, recess supervisors are the adults responsible for overseeing recess sessions and who help the students enter and leave outdoor or indoor recess, behave in positive ways, socialize with peers, and participate in enjoyable play activities. Recess supervisors may be paid personnel (usually part-time), parent volunteers, or teachers assigned to 'recess duty'.
Action step: The occupational therapist and/or other personnel implementing the Refreshing Recess program need to make a point of introducing themselves to the recess supervisors during the observation assessment and share a copy of the Refreshing Recess Information Brief. Emphasize that the purpose of the program is to help support them in their role as supervisors by providing information, weekly activities, and ongoing problem-solving and coaching. Recess supervisors play a critical role in helping students enjoy their school day. Reinforce their importance and commit to working with them in a collaborative manner.