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Physical Education State Guidelines
Physical fitness under the California Education Code
Physical Education is defined as physical activities that are conducive to health and vigor of body and mind. They are recreational in nature.

+ All students in grades 1 through 8, except pupils excused or exempted, shall be required to participate in courses of physical education for a total period of time of not less than 200 minutes each 10 school days (or an average of 20 minutes per day).

+ All students in grades 9 through 12, except pupils excused or exempted, shall be required to participate in courses of physical education for a total period of time of not less than 400 minutes each 10 school days (or an average of 40 minutes per day).


There are a number of ways for students to achieve physical fitness as set forth by the California Education Code. Some ideas are as follows:

1. Participate in an organized physical fitness program provided
by a local recreation center, the YMCA, or a sports program.

2. Join an athletic team such as swimming, football, basketball or baseball.

3. Participate daily in viewing and following directions as set
forth in an aerobic exercise video appropriate for the student's age and ability.

4. Walk, bicycle, play at a local playground at such a level that it
will increase heart rate.

5. Take classes provided by a registered gymnastics, dance, or
martial arts club.


Note: for more information on Physical Fitness Testing view the following page.

Required Student Testing