OUSD Physical Education Policy

    Our current physical education policy and practices continue to be assessed and revised to better meet with California Education Code and best practices. There will be opportunities to engage in discussions regarding policy changes and updates will be provided.
    Key Policies for California Schools
    • All students in grades 1-6, must receive a minimum of 200 minutes of physical education instruction each 10 school days, exclusive of recesses and lunch period.  EC 51210
    • All students in grades 7-12, must receive a minimum of 400 minutes of physical education instruction each ten school days.    EC 51222
    • The high school course of study shall provide instruction and evaluation of progress in each of the following areas:  effects of physical activity on dynamic health; mechanics of body movement; aquatics; gymnastics and tumbling; individual and dual sports; rhythms and dance; team sports; combatives.   Title 5, Section 10060

    • Instruction in physical education is to be provided by teachers who hold credentials to teach physical education.  Multiple Education Code and Title 5 sections. 
    • According to the OEA Contract, secondary class size for physical education is 52 students for 5 classes for a maximum pupil contact per day of 260 students.
    • During the months of February, March, April, or May, the governing board of each school district maintaining any of grades 5, 7, and 9, shall administer to each pupil in those grades the physical performance test designated by the state board.   EC 60800
      • The governing board shall report the aggregate results of its physical performance testing on the annual School Accountability Report Card, and test results must be provided each pupil.  EC 60
    Physical Education Board Policy approved June 27, 2013