• Elementary Specific Resources

    Physical Education Requirements & Scheduling Reminders

    • Campuses have the following options to meet State requirements for full day PK-5th grades: 

      • A minimum of 30 minutes daily or 135 minutes per week of structured, daily physical activity as part of the Physical Education curriculum [FFA(R) Wellness 5.5a] [Education Code Chapter 25: Sec. 25.114]; or,  

      • If a campus utilizes a block schedule (Elementary Rotation Schedule), a minimum of 225 minutes per every 2 weeks of structured daily physical activity as part of the Physical Education Curriculum. [Education Code Chapter 25: Sec. 25.114]. 

    • Rotation schedules shall: 

      • Have consistent student-audiences. For example, Class A & C always attend together, and Class B & D always attend together. Class A & C on one day and Class A & D on another day is not consistent and is not conducive for lesson/unit planning;  

      • Not have mixed grade level classes. Only one grade level at a time shall be seen by a Physical Education teacher; 

      • Prekindergarten shall receive Physical Education instruction from the Certified PE teacher; 

      • Schedules should be capitalized to meet as many of the State required minutes during their regularly scheduled Physical Education time for grade Pk-5. 

    • Rotation schedule considerations:

      • When possible, group specials by lower (PK - 2) and upper (3-5).

    • Student to teacher ratio is 44 to 1 [FFA(R) Wellness 5.5a]. However, if the District establishes a student to teacher ratio greater than 45 to 1 in a Physical Education class, the District shall specifically identify the manner in which the safety of the students will be maintained [EHAA (LEGAL)]. 

    • Campuses with larger student to teacher ratios should have a safety plan on file at the campus. 

    • A sample safety plan may be found on the PE & Health Department page or with this Safety Plan link. 

    • Physical Education curriculum design: 

      • Each year builds upon the prior year to ensure K-12 vertical alignment. 

      • TEKS, YAGs/scope and sequence, and Instructional Planning Guides with sample activities can be found on the PE/Health Department page under Teachers (make sure you are logged in to the site)

    • Instructors shall be: 

      • Physical Education certified; CPR/First Aid/AED certified (state law).

      • Contact PE & Health Department for information on initial and recertification training (Katie Steinhoff- kstein1@neisd.net)

     

     

    Additional Elementary Resources/Links:

    Elementary PEH Guidelines

    Sample Specials rotation schedules (templates)

    Elementary PE "Look Fors"

  • Secondary Specific Resources  

    HS Physical Education Requirements and Scheduling

    • Students must complete 1.0 credit.

    • All high school Physical Education courses are year long:

      • Lifetime Fitness and Wellness Pursuits (7215)

      • Lifetime Recreation and Outdoor Pursuits (7216)

      • Skill-Based Lifetime Activities (7217)

    • No high school courses are gender based.

    • High School Physical Education curriculum is designed to build upon prior knowledge and skills learned in elementary and middle school and provide students opportunities to engage in a variety of activities based on personal enjoyment with the goal of increasing fitness and wellness for a lifetime.

    • Physical Education instructors shall be:

      • Physical Education certified

      • CPR/First Aid/AED certified

    HS Health Requirements and Scheduling

    • Students must take a semester Health course to fulfill graduation requirements [EIF(LOCAL)].

    • Health instructors must be:

      • Health Certified [(FFA(R) Wellness: 4.4a]

      • CPR/First Aid/AED Certified

      • District trained in Big Decisions – Human Sexuality and Abstinence Education Program

      • District trained in Parent and Paternity Awareness (p.a.p.a.) curriculum

    • Due to extensive equipment and materials used in this course, it is extremely beneficial for campuses to have at least one classroom designated as a Health classroom where all materials can be housed. Health staff can create a rotation schedule for use during units such as CPR/First Aid/AED.

    MS Physical Education Requirements and Scheduling

    • A minimum of 30 minutes daily for four (4) semesters of Physical Education [FFA(R) Wellness 5.5a]

      • One (1) semester each school year – 6th, 7th, and 8th grade – with the fourth (4th) semester flexible over all three years.

      • The fourth (4th), flexible semester may be substituted with a Dance class if the instructor is Physical Education Certified.

    • Sixth grade students are to be scheduled separately from 7th and 8th grade students.

    • Physical Education curriculum design:

      • Semester format - Fall and spring semesters have different activities, but ensure all Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for that grade level are met.

      • Each year builds upon the prior year to ensure K-12 vertical alignment.

    • Instructors shall be:

      • Physical Education certified (strongly recommend also Health certified)

      • CPR/First Aid/AED certified

      • Trained in Draw the Line/Respect the Line – Board approved Human Sexuality and Abstinence Education program (HSAE).

    • Human Sexuality and Abstinence Education (HSAE) will be taught as a special pull-out in 7th and 8th grade Physical Education classes (See Human Sexuality and Abstinence Education).

    6th Grade Health Requirements and Scheduling

    • One (1) semester of Health [FFA(R) Wellness: 4.4a]

    • 6th grade year (0636) – either in the Fall or Spring [Memo, March 2009]

    • 6th Grade Health should be taught in a stand-alone semester class and in a classroom setting

    • Instructors must be:

      • Health Certified [FFA(R) Wellness: 4.4a]

      • CPR/First Aid/AED Certified

      • District trained in Draw the Line/Respect the Line – Human Sexuality and Abstinence Education Program

    Health I for HS Credit in 8th Grade Requirements and Scheduling

    • Health I (3107) is a HS graduation requirement. Students may elect to take Health I for graduation credit in 8th grade.

    • Students must have a signed HS Health I Letter (given on the first day of class) on file giving the student permission to take the course. The HS Health I Overview is provided with the letter for parents/guardians to review. If the letter is not signed and returned by the third week of class, the student must receive a schedule change out of HS Health I in 8th Grade.

    • Students must successfully complete HS Health I with a final grade of 70 or above in order to obtain high school credit.

    • Health I instructors shall be:

      • Health Certified ((FFA (R) Wellness: 4.4a)

      • CPR/First Aid/AED Certified

      • District trained in Big Decisions – HSAE Program

      • District Trained in Parenting and Paternity Awareness (p.a.p.a.) curriculum

    • Due to extensive equipment and materials for this course, it is extremely beneficial for campuses to have at least one classroom designated as a Health classroom where all materials can be housed. Health staff can create a rotation schedule for use during units such as CPR/First Aid/AED. Health I classes should not scheduled in a gym setting.

    Additional Resources

    MS PE & Health Guidelines

    HS PE & Health Guidelines