Code of the District of Columbia

§ 38–824.02. Physical and health education requirements.

(a) Public schools and public charter schools shall provide physical education as follows:

(1) For students in Kindergarten through Grade 5:

(A) School years 2010-2011 to 2013-2014: an average of at least 30 minutes per week or the same level of physical education as provided in school year 2009-2010, whichever is greater; and

(B) School year 2014-2015 and after: an average of at least 150 minutes per week;

(2) For students in Grades 6 through 8:

(A) School years 2010-2011 to 2013-2014: an average of at least 45 minutes per week or the same level of physical education as provided in school year 2009-2010, whichever is greater; and

(B) School year 2014-2015 and after: an average of at least 225 minutes per week.

(3) At least 50% of physical education class time shall be devoted to actual physical activity, with as much class time as possible spent in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity.

(a-1) Not Funded.

(b) Public schools and public charter schools shall provide health education to students in Grades Kindergarten through 8 as follows:

(1) School years 2010-2011 to 2013-2014: an average of at least 15 minutes per week or the same level of health education as provided in school year 2009-2010, whichever is greater; and

(2) School year 2014-2015 and after: an average of at least 75 minutes per week;

(b-1) Public schools and public charter schools shall provide instruction in cardiopulmonary resuscitation to students in Grades 9 through 12 as follows:

(1) Beginning with the 2016-2017 school year, instruction in cardiopulmonary resuscitation shall be included in at least one health class necessary for graduation.

(2) The instruction required by this subsection shall:

(A) Be an instructional program developed by the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross or be nationally recognized and based on the most current national evidence-based emergency cardiovascular care guidelines for cardiopulmonary resuscitation;

(B) Include appropriate use of an automated external defibrillator, which may be taught by video; and

(C) Incorporate hands-on practice in addition to cognitive learning.

(3) The instruction required by this section may be provided by the public school or charter school directly or the public school or charter school may arrange for the instruction to be provided by available community-based providers.

(4) The instruction required by this subsection is not required to be provided by a teacher.

(5) A teacher providing the instruction under this subsection is not required to be a certified trainer of cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

(6) A student is not required to earn certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation to successfully complete the instruction for the purposes of this subsection.

(7) The instruction offered by the Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department pursuant to § 5-401(b-1), shall be deemed to meet the requirements of this subsection.

(c) The State Board of Education, with assistance from the Office of the State Superintendent of Education, shall consider ways to expand physical education in high schools.

(d) The physical education and health education required by this section shall meet the curricular standards adopted by the State Board of Education.


(July 27, 2010, D.C. Law 18-209, § 402, 57 DCR 4779; Oct. 8, 2016, D.C. Law 21-160, § 3145, 63 DCR 10775; Mar. 13, 2019, D.C. Law 22-240, § 2(p), 66 DCR 912.)

Section References

This section is referenced in § 38-821.02.

Applicability

Applicability of D.C. Law 22-240: § 3 of D.C. Law 22-240 provided that the change made to this section by § 2(p) of D.C. Law 22-240 is subject to the inclusion of the law’s fiscal effect in an approved budget and financial plan. Therefore that amendment has not been implemented.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 day) addition of section, see § 4062(i) of Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2012 (D.C. Act 19-383, June 19, 2012, 59 DCR 7764).

For temporary (90 day) addition of section, see § 4062(i) of Fiscal Year 2013 Budget Support Congressional Review Emergency Act of 2012 (D.C. Act 19-413, July 25, 2012, 59 DCR 9290).