Public schools; physical activity requirement. (SB256)

Introduced By

Sen. John Miller (D-Newport News)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Public schools; physical activity requirement.  Requires at least 30 minutes of physical activity per day during the regular school year for grades K through 12. This requirement would become effective beginning with the 2014-2015 school year. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/10/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12
01/10/2012Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/12 12101647D
01/10/2012Referred to Committee on Education and Health
01/19/2012Assigned Education sub: Public Education
01/26/2012Stricken at request of patron in Education and Health (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)


Editor’s Pick
Jonathan Hudgins writes:

Being a track runner, I can appreciate where this bill is coming from, but I don't think it is practical. My school is on an A-B Block schedule, which means we don't have the same classes every day, and our classes are an hour and a half long. Even if we were required to take a "PE" class of some sort, we wouldn't be able to meet the daily requirement. Considering I'm a senior in high school, I also believe that the last thing a high school student wants to do is be "physically active" for 30 minutes every day, especially if it's mandated by the school. In our school system, we are preparing for a Mock Virginia Assembly, and I would like to use a modified version of this bill, minimizing the grade levels to K-8 (Kindergarten through middle school). I do hope that you would make revisions to something of the same extent for this bill, and I actually would like to see this passed. Thank you.