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General Physical Activity Requirement: Iowa Code 256.11(6) (2009) requires physically able students in K-5 to engage in physical activity for a minimum of 30 minutes per school day, grades 6-12 minimum of 120 minutes per week. Exemptions may be granted on the basis of conflict with religious beliefs, upon a written request from a parent. For students in grades 6-12, the requirement may be met by participation in interscholastic athletics, school-sponsored marching band, show choir, dance, drill, cheer or similar activities, specified nonschool sports activities, or similar endeavors that involve movement, manipulation or exertion of the body.
Recess or Physical Activity Breaks: The model Iowa Association of School Board's model Wellness Policy(2010), include a physical activity component. Specifically, at least 20 minutes a day of recess are recommended, preferably outdoors, that encourages moderate vigorous activity and discourages more than two hours of inactivity a day. The policy also recommends withholding recess should not be used as a tool for punishment.
Recess Before Lunch: No state policy.
Walking/Biking to School: No state policy.
(Last updated: 12/20/2010)