Physical Activity Opportunities and Physical Education
Regular physical activity builds healthy bones and muscles, improves muscular strength and endurance, reduces the risk for developing chronic disease risk factors, improves self-esteem, and reduces stress and anxiety. Beyond these known health effects, physical activity may also have beneficial influences on academic performance.
KAPS does not choose between having healthy or educated students. We believe that academic performance improves by advancing health and fitness opportunities. And at a time when budgets are a primary concern we continue to believe that devoting school resources in support of student health also supports academics.
KAPS elementary school students will participate in a minimum of 150 minutes per week, in the form of a Physical Education class or structured recess.
KAPS middle school students will participate in a minimum of 160 minutes of Physical Education every week, with a minimum of 40 minutes per day four days per week. Because we have seen an increase in the number of students in the healthy fitness zone for those students who participate in 240 minutes of Physical Education every week, KAPS encourages school leaders to increase opportunities for physical activity to 60 minutes per day, four days per week when possible.
Note: The following information regarding high school credits is taken straight from TEA.
KAPS High School freshmen are required to take 1 ½ credits of Physical Education, with no more than two credits to include Foundations of Personal Fitness (1/2 credit). The required credit can be any combination of the following one half to one credit courses:
- Foundations of Personal Fitness
- Adventure/Outdoor Education
- Aerobic Activities
- Team or Individual Sports
All KAPS Physical Education classes in grades 3-12 will be assessed a minimum of two times per year according to Fitnessgram guidelines. We require that all parents be informed of student Fitnessgram results. The district encourages PE teachers to provide recommended improvement plans for students who are not in the Healthy Fitness Zone when informing parents of results.
All KAPS schools will offer a physical activity component to Saturday Schools (this may include structured recess for elementary schools). To reinforce that fitness is a lifestyle and that it can connect a person to his or her community, the district encourages all PE teachers to participate in at least one community run or fitness activity each school year.
Physical Education/Activity Policies
The district requires that no student be pulled from PE classes or structured recess (or those that count toward their PE credit) for tutoring, counseling services or other administrative reasons if the school offers the state minimum of 135 minutes of PE.
In order to establish a positive relationship with fitness for students it is strictly prohibited for any teacher, staff member, volunteer or community partner to use any form of physical activity as a form of punishment. Additionally, it is strictly prohibited to withhold physical activity, including recess, for any student as a form of punishment.
Because student safety is a priority during physical activity, if any PE class has more than 45 students per one teacher, an additional teacher’s aide must be present.
Physical Fitness Program Requirements
KAPS strongly supports a monitored health and physical education program for all students as part of a balanced educational experience that meets state standards and requirements.
Fitness Requirements for Elementary Grades:
Senate Bill 530 requires students enrolled in Kindergarten through fifth grade to participate in moderate or vigorous daily physical activity for at least 30 minutes throughout the school year as part of the district’s physical education curriculum or through structured activity during a campus’s daily recess.
The Texas Education Code (TEC) §38.101 states that a school district must annually assess the physical fitness of students enrolled in grade three or higher in a course that satisfies the curriculum requirements for physical education under TEC §28.002 (a)(2)(C).
KAPS utilizes the FitnessGram assessment to comply with State requirements, as well as to promote regular physical activity among all of our students. FitnessGram is a health-related fitness assessment developed by The Cooper Institute for Aerobic Research. It assesses aerobic capacity, muscle strength, endurance, flexibility, and body composition.
Parents may request a copy of your child’s physical fitness assessment by submitting a letter to your principal at the end of the school year. KAPS believes by providing you and your child with this health-related fitness information, you can lead your child toward a healthy lifestyle. A healthy student is better prepared to learn and perform in all aspects of life.
Measurement of Implementation of the Wellness Policy
- Campuses and directly affected departments will receive a checklist each spring of requirements and suggestions for the implementation of the Wellness Policy, along with a copy of the Wellness Policy and any updates. This will be used as a planning tool for campuses and an auditing tool for the Wellness Coordinator.
- Wellness Coordinator will audit each campus once each semester as part of the Comprehensive Needs Assessment. Audit results will be part of the Campus Improvement Plan.