Regional Forums on School Recess in Alberta

Re-defining Recess in Alberta School Communities

For the moment, Ever Active Schools will pause our efforts and communications surrounding the Regional Forums on School Recess to ensure that the collective energy is being directed towards more immediate priorities in schools and communities.

Once we collectively develop a better sense of the extent and length of school and community closures/impacts, we’ll assess the feasibility of hosting the forum through a different format if we feel there is interest and availability at that new time.

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Together with the Health and Physical Education Council (HPEC), Ever Active Schools is putting on a series of forums across Alberta focusing on recess! Join us as we gather together with thought leaders in and around school communities to share best practices for recess and how this critical time period can support strong academic and health outcomes.

Forum Locations

Grande Prairie

Date: April 24, 2020

Location: St. John Paul II/Faculté Jean-Paul II

Hosted by Grande Prairie Catholic School Division

Red Deer

Date: April 28, 2020

Location: YMCA of Northern Alberta



Date: May 19, 2020

Location: To be announced


Recess in schools has traditionally been defined as ‘a break from learning that occurs outside’. Though we’d all agree that much learning does occur during this time period, and outdoor physical activity is critical to a child’s healthy development, recess might not be meeting the rest, leisure, and play needs of all students.

By gathering thought-leaders in and around school communities we’ll come together to share best practices, learn about strong recess practice and how bolstering this critical time period can support health and learning outcomes in children and youth.

Join Ever Active Schools, the Alberta Teachers’ Association’s Health & Physical Education Council, Alberta Health Services and other school-health partners, and be involved in discussion, activity and debate as we attempt to re-define recess to meet the holistic needs of all students.

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  • 9:00am - Welcome!

  • 9:10am - Recess Plenary

  • 9:50am - Moderated Adult Panel

  • 10:30am - Break

  • 10:45am - Activity

  • 10:55am - Diving Deeper

  • 11:30am - Moderated Student Panel

  • 12:00pm - Lunch

  • 12:30pm - Facilitated Recess Planning

  • 2:45pm - Wrap-up and Closing

Please note the agenda may vary slightly depending on forum location. Finalized agendas will be sent to registrants closer to the forum date.

What to Expect

  • Learn Strategies

    Learn and discuss ways to increase physical activity and leisure time in children and youth by establishing strong school recess culture

  • Highlight Successes

    Hear successes from previous school recess forums in Alberta and how school divisions are taking on this important work

  • School Community Supports

    Learn about how HPEC, Ever Active Schools and other health promotion partners can support school communities