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The 2012 Wellness Promotion Policy Annual Report
The School District of Palm Beach County, Florida
Physical Activity - Physical Education Policy (8.025)

Under Florida Statute 1003.455, it is the responsibility of each district school board to develop a physical education program that stresses physical fitness and encourages healthful, active lifestyles and to encourage all students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grades to participate in physical education. Physical education shall consist of physical activities of at least a moderate intensity level and for duration sufficient to provide a significant health benefit to students, subject to the differing capabilities of students. All physical education programs and curricula must be reviewed by a certified physical education instructor.

Each district school board shall adopt a written physical education policy that details the school district's physical education program, the expected program outcomes, the benefits of physical education, and the availability of one-on-one counseling concerning the benefits of physical education.

Each district school board shall provide 150 minutes of physical education each week for students in kindergarten through grade 5 and for students in grade 6 who are enrolled in a school that contains one or more elementary grades so that on any day during which physical education instruction is conducted there are at least 30 consecutive minutes per day. Beginning with the 2009-2010 school year, the equivalent of one class period per day of physical education for one semester of each year is required for students enrolled in grades 6 through 8.

The physical education requirements shall be waived for a student who meets one of the following criteria:

(a) The student is enrolled or required to enroll in a remedial course
(b) The student's parent indicates in writing to the school that:
  • default_titleThe parent requests that the student enroll in another course from among courses offered as options by the school district; or
  • default_titleThe student is participating in physical activities outside the school day which are equal to or in excess of the mandated requirement.
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Each school district shall notify the student’s parent of the options available before scheduling the student to participate in physical education.