Daily Physical Activity
Date came into force or revised
Revised July 1, 2016
All Kindergarten to Grade 12 students (K to 12) must participate in physical activity.
Rationale or purpose of policy
Physical activity has a positive impact on students’ health and achievement. It also helps them develop good habits that can contribute to longer, healthier lives.
- Graduation Program Ministerial Order (PDF)
- Required Areas of Study in an Educational Program Order (PDF)
- Educational Standards Order (PDF)
Policy in full
All students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 are required to participate in physical activity.
Grades K-9: For students enrolled in Grades K-9, physical activity is included in the learning standards of the Physical and Health Education curriculum.
Grades 10-12: For the 2016/17 school year, students must document and report a minimum of 150 minutes per week of physical activity, at a moderate to vigorous intensity, as part of their Graduation Transitions program. Further changes will be made for the 2017/18 school year.
See Resources section of this policy for tools to keep track of daily physical activity. Prescribed Learning outcomes for Grades 10-12 physical activity are set out in DPA Program Guide (PDF).
Procedures related to policy
Responsibilities of Boards of Education and Independent School Authorities
Boards of Education are responsible for
- Having in place policies and procedures to track daily physical activity of students in Grades 10-12. Schools are free to develop their own tracking tools or to use common provincial tools that are available to schools and students.
- Providing options to students in Grades 10-12 working on the 150 minutes per week requirement for how they will meet physical activity requirements at school, at home, in the community, or a combination of settings
- Making decisions regarding student exemptions from daily physical activity
Exemptions from physical activity
- School staff should consider each student’s request to be excused from physical activity. If students are not able to participate in physical activity due to physical disabilities, medical conditions, or personal circumstances, exemptions can be granted by the school principal.
- Whenever possible, adaptations to physical activity should be considered rather than exemptions, as many students with disabilities can benefit from physical activity.
- The principal should make the final decision about granting exemptions through consultation with the student, parent, and school-based team