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.

Texas Law as it pertains to Physical Education and Health Education in K-12

TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) – Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Title 19, Part II, Chapter 116, TEKS for Physical Education and Health Education

Minutes of TEKS based physical activity required - Texas Education Code (TEC), Title 2, Subtitle F, Chapter 28, Subchapter A

> Elementary School – grades K-6 – 30 minutes MVPA (moderate to vigorous physical activity) daily or 135 minutes per week or 225 minutes per two weeks if in block schedule
> Junior High – Middle School – grades 6-8 – 30 minutes MVPA daily for at least 4 semesters during these grades as part of district’s physical education curriculum.
> High School – grades 9-12 – 1 credit (2 semesters) of physical education

CPR – AED Instruction required - Texas Education Code (TEC), Title 2, Subtitle F, Chapter 28.0023
> Before high school graduation, students in grades 7-12 must receive instruction in cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillation.SHAC – School Health Advisory Council and Health Education Instruction - Texas Education Code (TEC), Title 2, Subtitle F, Chapter 28.004
> Each school district shall establish a School Health Advisory Council (SHAC)
> Details on structure and function are in this chapter and also on the Texas Department of State Health Services website: CLICK HERE for a SHAC guidebook.


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PE Resources

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