Florida Senate - 2011 SB 1186
By Senator Dockery
1 A bill to be entitled
2 An act relating to physical education in the public
3 schools; amending s. 1003.455, F.S.; deleting
4 provisions relating to the time period for physical
5 education instruction, criteria for a student’s waiver
6 from participation in physical education instruction,
7 and reporting and auditing of student enrollment in
8 physical education instruction; providing an effective
11 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
13 Section 1. Subsections (3), (4), and (5) of section
14 1003.455, Florida Statutes, are amended to read:
15 1003.455 Physical education; assessment.—
(3) Each district school board shall provide 150 minutes of
17 physical education each week for students in kindergarten
18 through grade 5 and for students in grade 6 who are enrolled in
19 a school that contains one or more elementary grades so that on
20 any day during which physical education instruction is conducted
21 there are at least 30 consecutive minutes per day. Beginning
22 with the 2009-2010 school year, the equivalent of one class
23 period per day of physical education for one semester of each
24 year is required for students enrolled in grades 6 through 8.
25 Students enrolled in such instruction shall be reported through
26 the periodic student membership surveys, and records of such
27 enrollment shall be audited pursuant to s. 1010.305 . Such
28 instruction may be provided by any instructional personnel as
29 defined in s. 1012.01 (2), regardless of certification, who are
30 designated by the school principal.
31 (4) The requirement in subsection (3) shall be waived for a
32 student who meets one of the following criteria:
33 (a) The student is enrolled or required to enroll in a
34 remedial course.
35 (b) The student’s parent indicates in writing to the school
37 1. The parent requests that the student enroll in another
38 course from among those courses offered as options by the school
39 district; or
40 2. The student is participating in physical activities
41 outside the school day which are equal to or in excess of the
42 mandated requirement.
43 (5) Each school district shall notify the student’s parent
44 of the options available under subsection (4) before scheduling
45 the student to participate in physical education.
46 Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2011.