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COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

HOUSE OF DELEGATES
RICHMOND

KARRIE K. DELANEY
Post Office Box 231023 COMMITTEE ASSIGNMENTS:
Centreville, VA 20120 TRANSPORTATION
HEALTH, WELFARE, AND INSTITUTIONS

SIXTY-SEVENTH DISTRICT

May 11, 2018

Members of the Fairfax County School Board
Gatehouse Administration Center
8115 Gatehouse Road
Falls Church, VA 22042

Dear Members of the Board:

Effective July 1, 2018 House Bill 1419 will become law, allowing you to increase the amount of time
dedicated to unstructured recreational activities in our elementary schools. House Bill 1419, also known
as the “Recess Bill,” allows the School Board to exercise their discretion in setting their schedules, while
reducing the minimum number of instructional hours dedicated to the four academic areas from 742.5
hours to 680 hours. This reduction will ensure that time allocated to unstructured actives will not take
away from physical education, arts, music, and specials. In addition to this reduction, House Bill 1419
will also allow the School Board to include unstructured recreational time as instructional or teaching
hours.

Prince William County Public Schools have already taken advantage of this legislation and has been able
to double the amount of time they dedicate to recess in their elementary schools.

We, members of the Virginia General Assembly representing Fairfax County, urge you to consider taking
advantage of this new law and adjusting your elementary school schedules to allow for more unstructured
recreational time. Adjusting these schedules will provide our elementary school students students up to 20
more minutes of recess per day.

We ask that you recognize the positive benefits of recess/unstructured recreational time and how it can
better our elementary student’s academic performance, focus, and overall being.

Thank you for your consideration. We look forward to your response.

Sincerely,

Karrie K. Delaney Chap Petersen Jennifer Wexton
67th House District 34th Senate District 33rd Senate District

DISTRICT: (703) 996-9415 • RICHMOND: (804) 698-1067 • EMAIL: DelKDelaney@house.virginia.gov
Scott Surovell Kathy Tran Mark Keam
36th Senate District 42nd House District 35th House District

Jennifer Boysko David Bulova Richard C. “Rip” Sullivan
86th House District 37th House District 48th House District

Marcus Simon Alfonso Lopez Vivian Watts
53rd House District 49th House District 39th House District

Paul Krizek L. Kaye Kory Kenneth R.Plum
44th House District 38th House District 36th House District

DISTRICT: (703) 996-9415 • RICHMOND: (804) 698-1067 • EMAIL: DelKDelaney@house.virginia.gov