The 2008 Legislature passed Senate Bill 610 which was signed into law on June 2, 2008. The Bill included changes in statute as it relates to physical education requirements for Florida students.
Section 1003.455, Florida Statutes, requires 150 minutes each week of physical education for students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade, and beginning in the 2011-2012 school year, the equivalent of one class period per day of physical education for one semester of each year for students in grades six through eight. The physical education requirement shall be waived for a student in grades kindergarten through grade eight who meets one of the following criteria:
* The student is enrolled or required to enroll in a remedial course.
* The student’s parent requests in writing to the school that the student enroll in another course from among those offered as options by the school district.
* The student’s parent requests a physical education waiver in writing to the school based on the student’s participation in physical activities outside the school day which are equal to or in excess of the mandated requirement.
Unless your child meets one of the waiver criteria listed above, he/she will be enrolled in physical education for 150 minutes each week while in grades kindergarten through grade five, or for one semester of each year while in grades six through eight.
Please note that proper documentation must be provided each year the student’s parent requests a physical education waiver. For example, parent notification provided during a student’s third grade year will only waive the physical education requirement for that school year. A new request in writing from the student’s parent is required for each additional year that a student is eligible and requests to waive physical education.
Please contact your school administration if you have questions or concerns regarding the physical education requirements or waiver criteria.