In order to implement the program, it is essential to obtain the school principal's permission and support. We have found principals to be very interested in this program because the recess period tends to be a time where higher incidents of behavioral problems or minor injuries occur leading to referrals to the office or nurse. Most schools, in our experience, do not have organized programs designed to prepare and support recess supervisors and students in creating a positive recess experience. Another emphasis of this program is to ensure successful participation and enjoyment for students who struggle to make friends and/or be included in recess activities.
Schedule an appointment to meet with the school principal to obtain permission and support. Before the meeting, give him/her a copy of the Refreshing Recess Information Brief to read so that she/he can become familiar with the program.
During the meeting,
- Give a brief review of the Refreshing Recess program;
- Summarize your assessment of the recess environment based on the Environmental Scan. Discuss the strengths, needs, and your suggestions for improvement.
- Share your plan of action for implementing the program (i.e. targeted grade level and date to begin).
- Agree on when to begin the program and plan a date/time for the Orientation of recess supervisors (need ~ 1 hour). The principal will talk with the recess supervisors to ensure they are available and willing to attend the Orientation session.