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SB 56: "An Act relating to health education and physical activity requirements for students in grades kindergarten through eight; and establishing the Thursday in February immediately following Presidents' Day as PLAAY Day."

00                             SENATE BILL NO. 56                                                                          
01 "An Act relating to health education and physical activity requirements for students in                                 
02 grades kindergarten through eight; and establishing the Thursday in February                                            
03 immediately following Presidents' Day as PLAAY Day."                                                                    
04 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA:                                                                
05    * Section 1. AS 14.30.360(c) is amended to read:                                                                   
06 (c)  In addition to the health education program encouraged under (a) of this                                           
07 section, a school district shall establish guidelines for schools in the district to provide                            
08 opportunities during each full school day for students in grades kindergarten through                                   
09 eight for a minimum of 90 percent of the daily amount of physical activity                                              
10 recommended for children and adolescents in the physical activity guidelines by the                                     
11 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, United States Department of Health and                                      
12 Human Services. The time provided for physical activity under this subsection shall                                 
13 [MAY] include physical education classes and opportunities for unstructured physical                                    
14 activity, such as recess. A school district shall adopt guidelines under this subsection                                
01       that                                                                                                              
02                 (1)  allow a student to be excused from the physical activity                                           
03       opportunities if the student is unable to participate for a medical reason; and                                   
04                 (2)  provide an exemption from the physical activity opportunities                                      
05       under this subsection for                                                                                         
06                      (A)  health and safety reasons, such as inclement weather; and                             
07                      (B)  a student who receives school credit for participation in                                 
08            athletics or extracurricular physical activities.                                                        
09    * Sec. 2. AS 44.12 is amended by adding a new section to read:                                                     
10 Sec. 44.12.107. PLAAY Day. PLAAY Day is established on the Thursday in                                                
11 February immediately following Presidents' Day each year to encourage and inspire                                       
12 the state's youth to be physically active daily. PLAAY stands for Positive Leadership                                   
13 for Active Alaska Youth. Schools and communities may observe PLAAY Day with 30                                          
14 minutes of synchronized physical activity to be performed by elementary students                                        
15 statewide on the Thursday in February immediately following Presidents' Day, at                                         
16 10:00 a.m., Alaska Standard Time, to help each student get closer to the national                                       
17       recommendation of at least 60 minutes of physical activity a day for the best health.