State law recommends that time for PE in elementary school meets National Standards (150 min/week).
8 New York Codes, Rules and Regulations 135.4 Physical education.
(i) Elementary instructional program--grades K through 6. Pupils in grades K - 6 shall participate in the physical education program as follows:
- (a) all pupils in grades K-3 shall participate in the physical education program on a daily basis. All pupils in grades 4-6 shall participate in the physical education program not less than three times each week. The minimum time devoted to such programs (K-6) shall be at least 120 minutes in each calendar week, exclusive of any time that may be required for dressing and showering;
- (b) notwithstanding the provisions of clause (a) of this subparagraph, pupils in grades 5-6 who are in a middle school shall participate in the physical education program a minimum of three periods per calendar week during one semester of each school year and two periods during the other semester, or a comparable time each semester if the school is organized in other patterns; or
- (c) as provided in an equivalent program approved by the Commissioner of Education.
Physical Education Frequently Asked Questions
FAQ addresses the amount of time that is provided for physical education in elementary school every week.