Health and Physical Activity

Active kids are healthier and learn better! Unfortunately, statistics show inactivity and unhealthy choices are impacting our students:

  • Three out of five school-aged children in Canada (ages 5-17) are not active enough for optimal growth and development
  • One in every four children in B.C. between the ages of two and 17 is overweight or obese

Daily Physical Activity (DPA)

The Daily Physical Activity requirement helps Kindergarten to Grade 12 students accumulate 60 minutes of physical activity per day for optimal health benefits – though they're encouraged to be active for more than just the minimum daily activity time.

Track progress: All schools are responsible for physical activity tracking and monitoring – to record endurance, strength and/or flexibility activities done on a daily basis. Create your own tracking tool or use the LearnNowBC activity tracker:

Requirements: Here are the daily physical activity requirements by grade:

  • Up to and including Grade 7: Schools provide at least 30 minutes of physical activity per day
  • Grades 8 and 9: Schools can either provide 30 minutes of daily physical activity for students or offer the option of 150 minutes of physical activity per week
  • Grades 10 to 12: As part of the Graduation Transition program, students engage in 150 minutes of physical activity per week

Physical activity requirements can be achieved by:

  • Structured or free-play activities
  • Activities during gym, recess, lunch or after school
  • Physical Education 10, 11 and 12 – if class time amounts to 150 minutes per week

Exemptions and modifications: Students can request to be exempt from DPA requirements for the following reasons:

  • Physical disability
  • Medical conditions
  • Personal circumstances

Student exemptions must be granted by the school principal. Requirements can be modified through consultation with Individual Education Plan team members.

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