After ten school districts around New York State were looked into, nine of them were found to not be providing adequate physical education to students K-4. Two of those, Baldwinsville and Camden, are school districts within Central New York. While they did hit the requirements for 9-12 and 6-8, they failed to hit the requirements for kids K-4. This could be a problem.
According to the Education Department of NYS, kids K-3 need a minimum of 120 minutes of PE five times a week, while kids 4-6 need 120 minutes three times a week. By not meeting these requirements, schools are putting kids at risk with childhood obesity. Many of the districts involved claimed they didn't have time for PE class, they didn't have enough staff, or they didn't know about the requirements.
PE was definitely my favorite part of the day, especially as a kid. Not only does it help fight childhood obesity, but it's so crucial for kids to just have fun!
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