6142.7 BP - Physical Education

Board Policy No. 6142.7
Policy Approved:  December 9, 2010


The Governing Board recognizes the positive benefits of physical activity for student health and academic achievement.  The district shall provide all students the opportunity to be physically active on a regular basis through high-quality physical education instruction and may provide additional opportunities for physical activity throughout the day.  The district’s physical education and activity programs shall support the district’s coordinated student wellness program and encourage students’ life-long fitness.

(cf. 6142.8 - Comprehensive Health Education)

The Board shall approve the components of the physical education program.  The district's program shall include a variety of kinesthetic activities, including team and individual sports, as well as aesthetic movement forms, such as dance.

An appropriate alternative activity shall be provided for students with a physical disability that may restrict excessive physical exertion. 

Physical education staff shall appropriately limit the amount or type of physical exercise required of students during air pollution episodes, hot weather or other inclement conditions.

(cf. 3516 - Emergencies and Disaster Preparedness Plan)


The Superintendent or designee may grant temporary exemption from physical education under any of the following conditions:

  • The student is ill or injured and a modified program to meet his/her needs cannot be provided.  (Education Code 51241)
  • The student is enrolled for one-half time or less.  (Education Code 51241

Legal Reference:
33350 CDE responsibilities re: physical education
49066 Grades; physical education class
51210 Course of study, grades 1-6
51220 Course of study, grades 7-12
51222 Physical education
51223 Physical education, elementary schools
51241 Temporary or permanent exemption from physical education
51242 Exemption from physical education for athletic program participants
52316 Excuse from attending physical education classes
60800 Physical performance test
1041-1046 Physical performance test
3051.5 Adapted physical education for individuals with exceptional needs
10060 Criteria for high school physical education programs



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