|Participation in physical education can contribute to positive attitudes regarding vigorous activity as essential throughout life to maintain health and to enrich the quality of life. Because of its unique and essential contribution to the total education program, the Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance strongly recommends quality daily physical education instruction be required for grades K-12.
Grades K-3 should have a minimum of 30 minutes per daily class period. Grades 4-8 should have a minimum of 45 minutes per daily class period. It is further important that class size be consistent with other subjects in the curriculum. Preferably class size would not exceed 30 students.
Grades 9-12 should be required to obtain a minimum of 2 years (2 units). In addition, schools should be required to provide instruction so that students can take an additional two years of physical education on an elective basis.
No substitutions should be permitted for participants in marching band, ROTC, drill teams, cheerleading, vocational subjects and any other curriculum or extra curricular activities. These substitutions deprive students of the benefits to be derived from an instructional program in physical education
Physical fitness, including concepts that will encourage the achievement of personal physical fitness throughout their lives, should be emphasized as a vital component of the curriculum at all levels. All physical education students should be given a fitness evaluation yearly and the results should be reported to their parents. All other essential elements at each level with be included.
All physical education classes should be taught by instructors certified in the emphasis areas necessary to that grade level.
Adequate indoor and outdoor facilities should be provided and should be maintained to meet safety standards. Quality equipment and supplies should be provided in sufficient quantity to meet the needs of all students.
Physical education should be adapted for those students who have special needs. To the extent it is feasible, such students should take part in regular classes. Special classes should be scheduled for students who are severely handicapped or who are otherwise unable to participate in the regular program.
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