State law recommends physical activity incorporated throughout the school day (e.g., classroom breaks, time for physical activity).
Missouri Code of State Regulations 5 20-100 Appendix A
- The school district ensures that students in elementary schools participate in moderate physical activity for the entire school year for an average of one hundred fifty (150) minutes per week, or thirty (30) minutes per day.
Missouri Revised Statutes 167.720. Physical education required — definitions.
(1) School districts shall ensure that students in elementary schools participate in moderate physical activity for the entire school year, including students in alternative education programs. Students in the elementary schools shall participate in moderate physical activity for an average of one hundred fifty minutes per five-day school week, or an average of thirty minutes per day. Students with disabilities shall participate in moderate physical activity to the extent appropriate as determined by the provisions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act;
Model Local Wellness Policy Procedures
This model local wellness policy from the Missouri School Board Association discourages periods of inactivity that exceed two hours and encourages staff to give students periodic breaks during which they are encouraged to stand and be moderately active, even during mandatory schoolwide testing.