Virginia requires all students to receive health and physical education instruction at all instructional levels from grades K-10.
Course content for health and physical education, including family life education and driver education is identified in Virginia Board of Education regulations and in the Virginia Health, Physical Education for high school graduation for both the 21 and 23 credit diploma. Students with disabilities have access to adapted physical education programs.
The health and physical education program is designed to teach students the skills, knowledge and attitudes essential to live a healthy lifestyle and select healthy and safe behaviors.
The Fairfax County Public Schools Comprehensive Health and Physical Education Program envisions the following:
Wellness involves the attainment and maintenance of moderate to high levels of physical, intellectual, emotional, spiritual, and social fitness.
The classroom teacher provides health instruction. Physical education instruction is taught by certified physical education teachers and is scheduled for 60-90 minutes each week.
Students receive an average of 47-90 minutes blocks of physical education three to five times each week as determined by the class scheduling configuration established at the local school. Health education is taught approximately 9 weeks within the physical education course.
Students receive an average of 47-90 minutes blocks of physical education three to five times each week as determined by the class scheduling configuration established at the local school. Health education is taught approximately 9 weeks within the physical education course. In addition, 10th grade students complete a 9-week course of classroom driver education.
What's Up With That: Fitness Club
Our "What's Up With That?" segment investigates the fitness club at Parklawn Elementary. Play this video
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Health & Physical Education Coordinator
February 6, 2013