Rep. Aaron M. Ortiz
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AMENDMENT TO SENATE BILL 654
AMENDMENT NO. ______. Amend Senate Bill 654 by replacing
everything after the enacting clause with the following:
The School Code is amended by adding Section
27-6.3 as follows:
(105 ILCS 5/27-6.3 new)
Play time required in elementary school.
(a) All public schools shall provide daily time for
supervised, unstructured, child-directed play for all students
in kindergarten through grade 5. Play time must allow
unstructured play, and may include organized games, but shall
not include the use of computers, tablets, phones, or videos.
Schools are encouraged to provide play time outdoors, but it
may be held indoors. If play time is held indoors, schools are
encouraged to provide it in a space that promotes physical
activity. Time spent dressing or undressing for outdoor play
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time shall not count towards the daily time for play.
(b) Play time shall not count as a course of physical
education that fulfills the requirements of Section 27-6, nor
shall time spent in a course of physical education count
towards the daily time for play.
(c) Play time shall be considered clock hours for the
purposes of Section 10-19.05. For any school day 5 clock hours
or longer in length, the total time allotted for play for
students in kindergarten through grade 5 must be at least 30
minutes. For any school day less than 5 clock hours in length,
the total time allotted for play each school day must be at
least one-tenth of a day of attendance for the student
pursuant to Section 10-19.05. Play time may be divided into
play periods of at least 15 consecutive minutes in length.
(d) For students with disabilities, play time shall comply
with a student's applicable individualized education program
(IEP) or federal Section 504 plan.
(e) All public schools shall prohibit the withholding of
play time as a disciplinary or punitive action, except when a
student's participation in play time poses an immediate threat
to the safety of the student or others. School officials shall
make all reasonable efforts to resolve such threats and
minimize the use of exclusion from play to the greatest extent
practicable and in accordance with subsection (d).
This Act takes effect July 1,