Physical Activity

Physical activity (PA) in schools is defined as any movement or exercise that takes place outside of a physical education (PE) class. Research shows that students who engage in regular PA are better learners and healthier. Examples of school-based PA include, but are not limited to walking or biking to/from school, classroom physical activity, recess, interscholastic sports, or intramural clubs or games. The guidelines document and associated resources are provided to help schools implement the following Vermont State Board of Education rule, adopted in April 2014:

“Each school shall offer options for students in grades K-12 to participate in at least 30 minutes of physical activity within or outside of the school day. Physical activity may include recess and movement built into the curriculum, but does not replace physical education classes.”


Lindsay Simpson at or (802) 479-1476

Page Last Updated on December 4, 2014