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Physical Activity Goals 

The primary goal for the District's physical activity component is to provide opportunities for every student to develop the knowledge and skills for specific physical activities, maintain physical fitness, regularly participate in physical activity, and understand the short- and long-term benefits of a physically active and healthy lifestyle. 

A comprehensive physical activity program encompasses a variety of opportunities for students to be physically active, including physical education, recess, walk-to-school programs, after-school physical activity programs, health education that includes physical activity as a main component, and physical activity breaks within regular classrooms. 

Physical education (high school graduation requirements): Students must, at the least, satisfy the state and District's physical education credit requirement. 

Physical activity (time, frequency, and/or intensity): Schools will ensure that students are moderately to vigorously active at least fifty percent (50%) of the time while participating in physical education classes. 

Physical activity outside of physical education/Recess: Schools may offer after-school intramural programs and/or physical activity clubs that meet the needs and interests of all students, including those who are not athletically involved or those with special health care needs. 

Recess shall be required and provided as follows: 

A. Two (2) recess periods during the school day for pupils in kindergarten (K) and grades one (1) through three (3). 

B. On August 1, 2019, this recess requirement of two (2) recess periods during the school day is extended to grades four (4) and five (5). 

C. Half-day kindergarten pupils are to receive one (1) recess period during the school day. 

D. Participation in a physical education course during a school day may count as one of the day’s recess periods. 

E. Extension of the school day is not required to meet the recess requirement. 

F. This recess requirement does not apply to middle schools, junior high schools, high schools, Arizona online instruction or schools in which the lowest grade of instruction offered is grade five (5). 

Walking or biking to school to promote physical activity: The District shall annually review safe routes for students who walk or bike to school. 

Prohibition of use of punishment: The District will discourage the use of physical activity as punishment, the withholding of participation in physical education class as punishment, or the use of physical education class time to complete assignments from other classes. 

After-school programs: The District shall encourage after-school programs to provide developmentally appropriate physical activity for participating children and reduce or eliminate the time spent in sedentary activities such as watching television or videos. 

Community use: The District shall encourage community access to, and student and community use of, the school's physical activity facilities outside the normal school day.