Smart Source 2015-16 Executive Summary - Page 10

Physical Education/Physical Activity continued As part of a CSPAP, schools should also ensure that students are physically active outside P.E. class. Colorado House Bill 11-1069 requires all public elementary schools to provide students with a minimum of 600 minutes of physical activity per month (an average of 30 minutes per school day) (2011). Additionally, the legislation specifies that each school district must adopt a physical activity policy that ensures the schedule of each elementary student satisfies the law’s requirements for such physical activity opportunities. As Figure 4.3 below shows, a majority of schools provide physical activity breaks in the classroom and offer intramural sports and/or physical activity clubs outside of school. Fewer schools, but still a majority of elementary and combined schools, provide physical activity opportunities before school. FIGURE 4.3 Percentage of schools that offer the following physical activity opportunities Finally, elementary schools provide further opportunities for physical activity through recess. As indicated in Table 4.2, the average number of recess minutes provided decreases with each subsequent grade level. TABLE 4.2 Average recess minutes in elementary grades Colorado House Bill 11-1069 requires all public elementary schools to provide students with a minimum of 600 minutes of physical activity per month (an average of 30 minutes per school day).   • 8 • Elementary Combined Kindergarten 36 36 1st grade 33 34 2nd grade 32 33 3rd grade 30 32 4th grade 28 31 5th grade 27 28 6th grade 13 24