HOUSE BILL No. 5196

December 12, 2013, Introduced by Rep. Lori and referred to the Committee on Education.

 

     A bill to amend 1976 PA 451, entitled

 

"The revised school code,"

 

by amending section 1502 (MCL 380.1502), as amended by 1993 PA 335.

 

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN ENACT:

 

     Sec. 1502. (1) Health and Each public school shall establish

 

and provide health education and physical education for pupils of

 

both sexes. shall be established and provided in all public schools

 

of this state. Subject to subsection (2), each Each pupil attending

 

public school in this state who is physically fit and capable of

 

doing so shall take the course in physical education.

 

     (2) All of the following apply to physical education under

 

this section:

 

     (a) As part of providing physical education under this

 

section, the governing board of a public school shall ensure both

 


of the following:

 

     (i) For each of grades K to 5, the public school shall provide

 

for all pupils at least 30 minutes of physical education at least 2

 

days per week for the entire school year and shall also provide at

 

least 60 additional minutes of physical activity per week, within

 

the school day, for the entire school year.

 

     (ii) For each of grades 6 to 8, the public school shall provide

 

for all pupils at least 45 minutes of physical education every

 

school day for at least 1 semester.

 

     (b) The governing board of a public school shall ensure that

 

class size for physical education is consistent with class size for

 

other subject areas and other classrooms.

 

     (c) The department shall establish guidelines for physical

 

education that are consistent with physical education standards,

 

grade level content expectations, the state board's policy on

 

quality physical education, and the best available scientific

 

research concerning physical education. The governing board of a

 

public school shall ensure that the public school follows these

 

guidelines.

 

     (3) (2) A public school district may shall not credit a

 

pupil's participation in extracurricular athletics or other

 

extracurricular activities involving physical activity as meeting

 

the physical education requirement for the pupil under subsection

 

(1).

 

     (4) As used in this section, "physical activity" means a

 

behavior consisting of bodily movement that requires energy

 

expenditure above the normal physiological, including muscular and

 


cardiorespiratory, requirements of a typical school day.