An act relating to physical education; amending s.
1003.455, F.S.; requiring district school boards to
provide 225 minutes of physical education each week for
students in grade 6 through grade 8; providing an
Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
Section 1. Section 1003.455, Florida Statutes, is amended
1003.455 Physical education; assessment.--
(1) 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 prekindergarten through grade 12 to
participate in physical education. Physical education shall
consist of physical activities of at least a moderate intensity
level and for a 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.
(2) Each district school board shall adopt a written
physical education policy that details the school district's
physical education program and expected program outcomes.
(3) Each district school board shall provide 150 minutes of
physical education each week for students in kindergarten through
grade 5 and 225 minutes of physical education each week for
students in grades 6 through 8. Students enrolled in such
instruction shall be reported through the periodic student
membership surveys, and records of such enrollment shall be
audited pursuant to s. 1010.305. Such instruction may be provided
by any instructional personnel as defined in s. 1012.01(2),
regardless of certification, who are designated by the school
principal. Each district school board is encouraged to provide
225 minutes of physical education each week for students in
Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2008.