2015 Tennessee Code
Title 49 - Education
Chapter 6 - Elementary and Secondary Education
Part 10 - Curriculum Generally
§ 49-6-1021 - Opportunities for physical activity.

TN Code § 49-6-1021 (2015) What's This?

(a) In accordance with ยง 49-6-1022, it shall be the duty of each LEA to integrate a minimum of ninety (90) minutes of physical activity per week into the instructional school day for elementary and secondary school students. Opportunities to engage in physical activity may include walking, jumping rope, playing volleyball or other forms of physical activity that promote fitness and well-being; however, walking to and from class shall not be considered physical activity for the purposes of this section.

(b) The office of coordinated school health in the department of education shall report by August 1, 2012, to the general assembly on the implementation of subsection (a). The report shall contain at least the following information:

(1) The percentage of public schools that integrate a minimum of ninety (90) minutes of physical activity per week into the instructional school day in compliance with subsection (a);

(2) The types of physical activities that are used to meet the physical activity requirement;

(3) Any barriers that have limited full compliance with the physical activity requirement;

(4) Innovative methods that schools use to comply with the physical activity requirement;

(5) The ranking of Tennessee schools in providing physical activity and physical education as compared to other states;

(6) Relevant data or studies that link physical activity or physical education to academic performance in students;

(7) Relevant data or studies showing whether increased physical activity or physical education lead to better health outcomes;

(8) The annual percentage of increase or decrease in compliance with the physical activity requirement in school districts with average daily membership of twenty-five thousand (25,000) or more students; and

(9) An overall summary and a set of recommendations to promote active living in the youth of this state, including, but not limited to, suggestions for increasing compliance with the physical activity requirement that can be implemented with minimal cost.

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