State law recommends physical activity incorporated throughout the school day (e.g., classroom breaks, time for physical activity).
Action Guide for School Nutrition and Physical Activity Policies
The action guide provides guidelines and recommendations for school districts developing and implementing policies that promote nutrition and physical activity, including incorporation of physical activity into the classroom.
General Statutes of Connecticut Sec. 10-203a. Guidelines re physical health needs of students. Optional adoption of plans by local and regional boards of education.
(b) The guidelines shall include, but need not be limited to: (1) Plans for engaging students in daily physical exercise during regular school hours and strategies for engaging students in daily physical exercise before and after regular school hours in coordination with municipal parks and recreation departments
General Statutes of Connecticut Sec. 10-221o. Lunch periods. Recess. Boards to adopt policies addressing limitation of physical exercise.
(a) Each local and regional board of education shall require each school under its jurisdiction to (1) offer all full day students a daily lunch period of not less than twenty minutes, and (2) include in the regular school day for each student enrolled in elementary school time devoted to physical exercise of not less than twenty minutes in total, except that a planning and placement team may develop a different schedule for a child requiring special education and related services in accordance with chapter 164 1 and the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act, 20 USC 1400 et seq., as amended from time to time. In the event of a conflict with this section and any provision of chapter 164, such other provision of chapter 164 shall be deemed controlling. Nothing in this subsection shall prevent a local or regional board of education from including an additional amount of time, beyond the twenty minutes required for physical exercise, devoted to undirected play during the regular school day for each student enrolled in elementary school.
Policy Guidance for Position Statement on Nutrition and Physical Activity
The policy guidance and position statement from April 7, 2010 encourages school districts and schools to implement policies that require sufficient time for physical activity and incorporate it throughout the school day and that establish regular physical activity breaks for students.