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House Bill 967

GUIDELINES
For Extending Physical Education to 150 Minutes Per Week
House Bill 967

BRIEF EXPLANATION OF HB 967:

The Florida Commissioner of Education will provide Internet access to information concerning professional development in Physical Education and Nutrition.

  • "Physical Education” means the development or maintenance of skills related to strength, agility, flexibility, movement, stamina, including dance; the development of knowledge of skills requiring teamwork and fair play; the development of knowledge and skills regarding nutrition and physical fitness as part of a healthy lifestyle; and the development of positive attitudes regarding sound nutrition and physical activity as a component of personal well-being.
  • 150 minutes of Physical Education has been mandated for grades K-5 and will be audited by the Florida Department of Education.
  • Such instruction may be provided by any instructional personnel designated by school principal.
  • Florida Department of Education will review and revise the Physical Education Sunshine State Standards.

DOCUMENTATION:

  • Students will be scheduled for a minimum of 150 minutes under the physical education course number 5015010X or 5015010X, Adaptive PE.
  • Documentation at the school site should be maintained by instructional staff identified to teach physical education.
  • Physical Education Next Generation Sunshine State Standards

PLANNING FOR 150 MINUTES OF PHYSICAL EDUCATION:

  • Maximize the instructional time of certified Physical Education Teachers and instructional assistants who teach physical education.
  • Utilize the time that is currently set aside for recess to provide additional minutes of physical education up to the 150 minute minimum.
  • Schools have the flexibility to determine who will teach and how the additional time will be scheduled.
  • The plan for individual school implementation will be included in the school’s Coordinated School Health Program (CSHP) plan.

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY (recess):

  • Based on sequence of learning, physical education should not be compared to or confused with other physical activity experiences such as (free play) recess, intramurals, or recreational endeavors.  Physical Education courses and curriculum comply with the Sunshine State Standards and offer the best opportunity to provide physical activity to all children. (Ref: Brevard County Wellness Policy and Procedures)

IDEAS FOR IMPLEMENTATION:

  • Pedometer Walk-n-Talk
  • P.E. Challenge
  • Morning announcements/videos/schoolwide TV broadcast
  • Brain Gym
  • FitnessGram practice
  • S.M.I.L.E. Lab (Sensory Motor Intensive Learning Environment
    - cost approximately $2200-$3000)
  • Dance
  • Project Adventure
  • Station Rotation (Indoors/Outdoors)
  • Sport stacking
  • Jump ropes
  • GeoMats
  • Dance, Dance, Revolution
  • DDR]
  • Juggling
  • Balance Beam
  • Brain Gym
  • DinoMuscles
  • Twister Moves
  • Scoops
  • Aerobic Steps
  • Ribbons
  • Hula hoops
  • Target shooting
  • Ball handling
  • Pedometers
  • Resistance bands
  • Rainy Day Ideas
    • Cooperative Games
    • Jean Blaydes Action Based Learning Lab/Activities
    • Smile Lab
  • Computer programs that promote physical education and nutrition
    • PowerMediaPlus (Slim good Body/Deskercize)
    • Nutrition Diner
    • My Pyramid Blast Off
    • Nutrition Explorations
    • Activity Gram

BEST PRACTICE GUIDELINES

Below is a list of suggested guidelines keeping safety first:

  • Use effective classroom management techniques indoors and outdoors.
  • Proper attire for movement- play clothes, athletic sneakers.
  • Water bottles.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Check medical concerns.
  • Check play area for safety.
  • Establish protocols for safe movement.
  • Be aware of weather conditions.
  • Choose developmentally appropriate equipment.
  • “Play Safe, Play Fair, Play Hard (effort)” (Ref: Project Adventure)
  • All children should be active all the time!
  • Punishment involving the use of physical activity (e.g. running laps, push ups) or withholding opportunities for physical activity (e.g. free play recess, Physical Education),  is not permitted. (Ref: Brevard County Wellness Policy and Procedure).
  • Review Brevard Public School's Best Practices Physical Education brochure.
  • Reference George Graham’s book Children Moving. (should be in every elementary school’s PE Department).