Many Chicago public schools lack outdoor playgrounds

April 20, 2012
Return of recess could raise problems for schools without available space

From The Chicago Tribune: Ogden International School in Chicago opened this school year in a new $51 million building that has everything, almost. The preK-6 school didn't have enough space for an outdoor playground for the older kids, so recess is held on the three-story building's roof, where a plant-lined path leads to a fenced-in space children call "the cage." Fewer than half of the city's public elementary schools offer some form of recess, but next year, when the school day will be longer, recess will be part of the schedule at all elementary and middle schools. When that happens, many schools will face challenges similar to those faced by Ogden--98 elementary and middle schools don't have outdoor playgrounds.

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