Florida Schools Consider Shift in Elementary P.E. Schedules

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

The school district emailed elementary school principals last week encouraging them to switch from daily half-hour physical education classes to 50-minute classes three times a week, citing increased teacher planning time as benefits.

The switch would allow for 50 minutes each day for teachers to plan, along with a 50-minute art class and 50-minute music class each week.

The state requires that elementary students receive 150 minutes a week of physical education, but schools can determine how to schedule that time. The school district's recommended plan is similar to block scheduling in middle schools, where students' days are divided into five longer periods instead of eight shorter ones.

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