Less recess. More reading, writing, and arithmetic. Tracy City Elementary School recently sent a letter home to parents saying they are cutting back on post-lunch playtime.
School leaders say the students need to be spending more time in the classroom. They're not performing well on state tests, and the teachers and students need to step it up.
"They're not getting that playtime everyday because we have to have that as instructional time," said Glenda Dykes, the interim principal for Tracy City Elementary.
The state of Tennessee says schools only have to provide the opportunity for 90 minutes of physical activity each week. Under the new schedule, kindergarteners through fourth graders have 30 minutes of physical education classes twice a week, and then 30 minutes of recess on Friday. Fifth through eighth graders will have 45 minutes of physical education twice a week.
It's a big change from years past. "They were getting five 30 minutes in the classroom so that's 150 minutes. Plus they were getting the two 30 minutes and that's sixty more, so you're looking at a big chunk of time that we need our kids in class and our teachers providing the best instructional environment possible for our students," said Dykes.
But not everyone agrees with the change, especially considering the high rates of childhood obesity across the country. Not to mention just the simple fact that kids want to be kids.
"Education is the most important thing, but you also have to worry about the kid's happiness, and keeping them happy. Tracy, their grade system has been low for quite a while now so maybe some changes are coming. This might be one of them. Whether for the good or the bad, I don't know. We'll find out I guess," said Chad Jackson, a Tracy City resident.
Some jobs could be on the line if these students don't get their test scores up.
By Natalie Jenereski