State law requires daily recess.
200-RICR-20-10-1.3.3 Health and Social Service Supports
c. Provide daily recess opportunities for students in grades Kindergarten through grade 5;
216-RICR-20-10-4.4.3 Free-Play Recess
4.4.3 Free-Play Recess All schools are required to provide daily, at least twenty (20) consecutive minutes of unstructured free-play recess for students in in elementary grades Kindergarten through six (6) in accordance with R.I. Gen. Laws § 16-22-4.2.
State of Rhode Island General Laws § 16-22-4.2. Free-play recess.
All children attending public schools, or any other schools managed or controlled by the state, that have elementary grades kindergarten through six (6) shall receive in those schools at least twenty (20) consecutive minutes of supervised, safe, and unstructured free-play recess each day. Free-play recess may be considered instructional time for those schools that would be required to extend the current school day in order to meet this requirement. Teachers shall make a good-faith effort to not withhold recess for punitive reasons.