GOSNELL, AR (KAIT) - The Arkansas Department of Education has introduced a new pilot program that one area school is considering using.
Gosnell Elementary School applied for the program and have been approved by the Department of Education.
It's an Extra Recess Pilot Program, and it requires kindergarten through fourth grades to have 60 minutes of recess time each day and 45 minutes for fifth and sixth grades.
Principal Tiffany Kennemore said this would more than double the amount of recess time they have now.
Kennemore said this change would bring major benefits to the kids.
"It improves their social and emotional development, so getting along with others and just learning how to play and interact with each other," Kennemore said. "And it will increase their ability to stay on task in class."
The Department of Education has already approved Gosnell Elementary for the program.
Now, Kennemore said they are discussing options of how to restructure the day to allow for the extra time.
Then, they'll present the plan to the school board for approval for the 2018-2019 school year.