State law requires daily recess.
Missouri Code of State Regulations 5 20-100 Appendix A
- Elementary school students shall have a minimum of one (1) recess period of twenty (20) minutes per day, which may be incorporated into the lunch period (as required by section 167.720, RSMo).
Missouri Revised Statutes 167.720. Physical education required — definitions.
(4) A minimum of one recess period of twenty minutes per day shall be provided for children in elementary schools, which may be incorporated into the lunch period.
Model Local Wellness Policy Procedures
This model local wellness policy from the Missouri School Board Association states that recess will be provided at the elementary level for at least 20 minutes, though recommends 60 minutes, and will be scheduled before lunch when possible.