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Instruction > Administrative Regulation 6142.7 - Physical Education and Activity


Physical education is a sequential educational program that teaches students to understand and participate in regular physical activity for developing and maintaining physical fitness throughout their lifetimes, understand and improve their motor skills, enjoy using their skills and knowledge to establish a healthy lifestyle, and understand how their bodies work.

Instructional Time

Instruction in physical education shall be provided for a total period of time of not less than 200 minutes each 10 school days. (Education Code 51210, 51223)

Physical Fitness Testing

During the annual assessment window between the months of February through May, students in grades 5 and 7 shall be administered the physical fitness test designated by the State Board of Education. (Education Code 60800; 5 CCR 1041)

The Superintendent or designee may provide a make-up date for students who are unable to take the test based on absence or temporary physical restriction or limitations, such as students recovering from illness or injury. (5 CCR 1043)

Additional Opportunities for Physical Activity

The Superintendent or designee shall implement strategies for increasing opportunities for physical activity outside the physical education program, which may include, but not be limited to:

  1. Training recess and lunch supervisors on methods to engage students in moderate to vigorous physical activity

  2. Encouraging teachers to incorporate physical activity into the classroom

  3. Establishing extracurricular activities that promote physical activity, such as school clubs, intramural athletic programs, dance performances, special events, and competitions

  4. Incorporating opportunities for physical activity into before- or after-school programs and/or child care and development programs

  5. Developing programs to encourage and facilitate walking, bicycling, or other active transport to and from school


Regulation approved: March 21, 2013 
Evergreen School District, San Jose, California