All elementary and secondary school students in Kentucky are to receive physical education and health education instruction in accordance with the Kentucky Academic Standards and meeting the minimum unit requirements for high school graduation set forth in 704 KAR 003:305.
Local boards of education and school-based decision-making councils determine the curriculum to be used for teaching the Kentucky Academic Standards, the hiring of qualified personnel and the allocation of instructional time. More information about school-based decision-making councils can be found here.
STATE LAWS for HEALTH and PHYSICAL EDUCATION:
Section 11 of KRS 160.345 addresses the role of SBDM councils for school wellness policy including the requirement that K-5 schools have a plan for moderate-to-vigorous physical activity. KRS 158.856 requires that all school districts annual complete a nutrition and physical activity assessment.
LEGAL REQUIREMENTS SUMMARY for KRS 158.856/KRS 160.3455 are as follows:
· Post a report to the district website about the nutrition and physical activity environments for schools within the district at least 60 days prior to January 31.
· Discussion of the findings of the nutrition report and physical activity report by each local board and the board seeking public comments during a publicly advertised special board meeting or at the next regularly scheduled board meeting following the release of the nutrition and physical activity reports.
· By January 31 of each year, the local board of education holding an advertised public forum to present a plan to improve school nutrition and physical activities in the school district.
· By May 1 of each year, each school district compiling a summary of findings and recommendations and submitting the summary to the KBE.