State law requires elementary PE curriculum.
Academic Standard for Health, Safety and Physical Education
The Academic Standard for Health, Safety and Physical Education describe what students should know and be able to do by the end of third, sixth, ninth and twelfth grade. The Standard are sequential across the grade levels and reflect the increasing complexity and rigor that students are expected to achieve
Pennsylvania Unconsolidated Statutes Article XV Section 1511. Subjects of Instruction; Flag Code.
In every elementary public and private school, established and maintained in this Commonwealth, the following subjects shall be taught, in the English language and from English texts: English, including spelling, reading and writing, arithmetic, geography, the history of the United States and of Pennsylvania, civics, including loyalty to the State and National Government, safety education, and the humane treatment of birds and animals, health, including physical education, and physiology, music and art
Pennsylvania Unconsolidated Statutes Article XV Section 1512.1. Physical Education.
The board of school directors in every school district shall establish a curriculum aligned with Pennsylvania academic Standard on health, safety and physical education that, pursuant to 22 Pa. Code § 4.27 (relating to physical education and athletics), requires pupils enrolled in the district to participate in physical education.
The Pennsylvania Code § 4.12. Academic Standard.
(6) Health, safety and physical education. Study of concepts and skills which affect personal, family and community health and safety, nutrition, physical fitness, movement concepts and strategies, safety in physical activity settings, and leadership and cooperation in physical activities.
The Pennsylvania Code § 4.21. Elementary education: primary and intermediate levels.
(e) Planned instruction aligned with academic Standard in the following areas shall be provided to every student every year in the primary program.
- (6) Health, safety and physical education, including instruction in concepts and skills which affect personal, family and community health and safety, nutrition, the prevention of alcohol, chemical and tobacco abuse, knowledge and practice of lifetime physical activities, personal fitness, basic movement skills and concepts, motor skill development, principles and strategies of movement, and safety practices in physical activity settings.