Colorado - Physical Activity throughout the day: Standards

Area: 
Standards
Policy Type: 
Statute
Summary: 

State law recommends physical activity incorporated throughout the school day (e.g. classroom breaks, time for physical activity).

C.R.S. 22-32-136.5

(3) (a) Each school district board of education shall adopt a physical activity policy that incorporates into the schedule of each student attending an elementary school the opportunity for the student to engage in:

  • (I) A minimum of six hundred minutes of physical activity per month if the classes at the school meet five days per week and the student attends school for a full day;
  • (II) A minimum of three hundred minutes of physical activity per month if the classes at the school meet five days per week and the student attends school for a half day;
  • (III) A minimum of thirty minutes of physical activity per day if the classes at the school meet fewer than five days per week and the student attends school for a full day; and
  • (IV) A minimum of fifteen minutes of physical activity per day if the classes at the school meet fewer than five days per week and the student attends school for a half day.

C.R.S. 22-32-136.5

(2) For purposes of this section, unless the context otherwise requires, "physical activity" may include, but need not be limited to:

  • (a) Exercise programs;
  • (b) Fitness breaks;
  • (c) Recess;
  • (d) Field trips that include physical activity;
  • (e) Classroom activities that include physical activity; and
  • (f) Physical education classes.

C.R.S. 22-32-136

(3) On or before July 1, 2006, each school district board of education is encouraged to adopt policies ensuring that:

  • (f) Every student has access to age-appropriate daily physical activity.
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