Problems include no fields, no courts for games, no playgrounds, no bike racks and no traffic-calming surrounding the school. Bringing in minimum standards is important.
Children need time to play and be outside. That will be true even if instructional hours are cut short due to social distancing.
Global experts in child development say recess will be critical for children’s well-being when schools reopen, so education authorities should see planning recess as a high priority.
The cost and the hassles involved can stand in the way of kids joining teams and taking part in organized activities. So can cultural barriers.