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4.19 Physical Education

4.19 Physical Education

The School Board of Okeechobee County

Chapter 4.00: Curriculum and Instruction




The School District of Okeechobee County believes that physical education is an important component of the total educational program. Physical activity is essential to the development and maintenance of good health. The physical education program shall focus on providing students with the knowledge and skills to make healthy lifestyle decisions.

I. The physical education program shall be consistent with the standards of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education and with the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards. It shall be an integral part of the District Wellness Program.

II. The physical education curriculum shall be a continuum from prekindergarten through grade 12. Activities shall be appropriate for the grade level and capabilities of the students and shall be of sufficient intensity and duration to provide a health benefit.

III. Goals of the physical education program shall include:

A. Competency in motor skills and movement patterns:

B. Understanding of human movement as it relates to physical activities;

C. Understanding of the benefits of regular participation in physical activity;

D. Regular participation in physical activity;

E. Achievement of a health-enhancing level of physical fitness;

F. Knowledge of safety in physical activities;

G. Knowledge of first aid and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR);

H. Demonstration of responsible personal and social behavior in physical activity;

I. Recognition and acceptance of the differing abilities of people;

J. Recognition of the values of physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, and social interaction; and

K. Increase in health and wellness.

IV. The District shall develop a comprehensive physical education plan with input from teachers, parents, students, and representatives from the medical and sports fields. The plan shall be reviewed annually by the Wellness Committee and modified as appropriate. The plan shall adhere to the requirements of Florida Statutes.

V. The District shall notify parents annually that counseling concerning the benefits of physical education is available at each school. The District shall also inform parents, prior to scheduling a student for physical education, that the requirement for participation in physical education may be waived under certain circumstances as specified in law.


1001.41, 1001.42, F.S.


1001.43, 1003.41, 1003.42, 1003. 1003.453, 1003.455, F.S.





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