The Pennsylvania Board of Education has approved a preliminary proposal that would require all schools to fit in an additional 30 minutes of physical activity every day. This is good news, and it means that I’m not the only one who feels this is important. However, just because the Board of Education is calling for it doesn’t mean it’s going to happen. It is still up to individual school boards to act on this, and many school boards will point to existing health and wellness policies and talk about their existing compliance.
Worse yet, Florida tried this same policy last year, and many parents immediately opted their children out of additional exercise in favor of other activities, like music and art.
What we need to make sure is that the additional 30 minutes of exercise they’re proposing does not take the place of these other special activities, and, that parents aren’t easily given the opportunity to let their children skip out. What I don’t want is to see is schools forced to offer one or the other, because if the choice is between the arts or exercise, everyone loses out.