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Unstructured outdoor play is an important part of a healthy childhood, but Ontario schoolyards are falling short. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Dave Chidley

‘Playground politics’ are anything but: For health’s sake, Ontario students need better schoolyards

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.
The COVID-19 pandemic provides an opportunity for us to rethink and redesign how schools support children’s social connections and opportunities for informal play and recreation. (Shutterstock)

Kids will need recess more than ever when returning to school post-coronavirus

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.

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