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.