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10.46.P.2 Student Wellness
Health and Fitness Overview

Students will benefit from instruction in both health and fitness in order to gain knowledge regarding how to gain and maintain their physical health.  The principal shall ensure that all students have access to the health and fitness curriculum adopted by the Governing Board.  In addition, the principal is directed to review the needs for professional development and provide support within available resources.

Physical Activity/Recess

Physical education and activity shall be an essential element of each school's instructional program.  The program shall provide the opportunity for all students to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to participate in a lifetime of healthful physical activity.

Opportunities should be provided to support all kindergarten (K) through grade twelve (12) students to be physically active on a regular basis.  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. 

Recess shall be required and provided as described in Policy 10.46.

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

Prohibition of use of punishment:  The District prohibits 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.