Adapted Physical Education
Refer to the students Individualized Education Program and
allow parents to provide input into their child's involvement in activity based
a. Instruction in physical
education must be based on state standards for physical education as provided
in the Mississippi Physical Education Framework.
b. Instruction integrated by the regular
classroom teacher may include the Health in Action web based lesson plan
resource provided by the Mississippi Department of Education's Office of
c. Instruction in
physical education or activity based instruction by regular education teacher
or licensed physical education teacher can be based on curriculum identified in
the Supplemental Resource Providers List that is based on state standards.
d. Instruction in health education
must be based on state standards for health education as provided in the
Mississippi Comprehensive Health Framework.
i. It is recommended that in grades K-5 the
student to teacher ratio for physical education shall not exceed 35 to 1. If
there is a licensed teacher and a teacher assistant, it is recommended the
maximum class size for physical education shall not exceed 70 students.
i. It is recommended that
in Grades 6-12 the maximum class size for physical education shall not exceed
40 students per licensed staff. If there is a licensed teacher and a teacher
assistant it is recommended the maximum class size should not exceed 80
ii. Class size should not
apply to extracurricular activities such as band, JROTC, and show choir.
iii. Mississippi Public School
Accountability Standard 34.5 does not apply to Physical Education or Health
Education. This standard applies to core academic subjects (English, Reading,
Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Foreign Language, and the Arts)
as defined by No Child Left Behind and Level Four and Level Five schools are
exempt from this standard.
The following course codes should be used
for instruction in physical education and health education:
i. 349902 Physical Education, Grades PK - 6
ii. 340111 Physical Education,
Grades 7 - 8
iii. 340113 Physical
Education, Grades 9 - 12
Physical Education, Dual Credit
349901 Health Education, Grades K-8
vi. 340131 Health Education, Grade
vii. 340132 Health Education,
viii. 340133 Health
Education Grades 9-12
Distance Learning, Grades 9-12
905133 Dual Credit 9-12
b. Any instruction that meets the
requirements of the Rules and Regulations for Physical Education or Health
Education should be coded as such. This instruction also includes programs that
are offered after school and meet the requirements for instruction in physical
c. The dual credit
physical education course code can only be used by those high schools that have
a signed articulation agreement between the district and post-secondary
institute using the template suggested by MDE. One high school Carnegie unit is
equal to six college hours of credit.
a. The Suggested Equipment List is located on
the MDE website. All teachers designated to provide instruction in physical
education must have access to a computer.
Designated area for instruction- If this is an outside area,
the area must be adequately maintained to ensure safety and facilitate
participation by all students. Storage space must also be provided for
Indoor classroom, designated outside area, and storage space
should be provided for equipment.
Gym space is available for physical education classes.
Storage space must also be provided for equipment.
Students must participate in fitness testing using the
FITNESSGRAM®, ACTIVITYGRAM®, President's Challenge to Physical Fitness,
or other comparable program. This assessment must be conducted in grade 5 and
the grade in which the student will earn the V Carnegie unit requirement for
graduation. The time required to conduct the fitness assessment would count
toward the minutes required for minimum implementation for physical
All schools must have established a school health council
and the physical education and comprehensive health staff must serve on this
council. Duties of this council must include, but not be limited to, conducting
a needs assessment and making recommendations based on a coordinated approach
to school health. The Office of Healthy Schools recommends the School Health
Index as a resource/tool for each council to use for conducting this
a. Physical education instruction in grades
K-8 may be provided by a licensed physical education teacher, regular classroom
teacher, or other staff licensed by the Mississippi Department of Education.
b. Physical education instruction
in grades 9-12 must be provided by a licensed physical education teacher.
c. School districts are encouraged
to develop ongoing relationships with Institutions of Higher Learning to allow
students receiving degrees from an approved teacher preparation program an
opportunity to assist with instruction in physical education programs.
Staff should use the suggested assessment as provided in the
Mississippi Physical Education and Comprehensive Health Education Frameworks
and in the Health in Action web based resource.
In grades K-12 there shall be no
exemptions from physical education except for a medical exemption provided by a
physician. The following guidelines must be followed:
A physician must complete a Medical
Release Form provided by the school.
school must keep the completed form on file.
In grades 7-12 extracurricular activities
sanctioned by the MHSAA and JROTC can be substituted for physical
i. attendance is
ii. instruction is based
on at least one competency from the Mississippi Physical Education Framework;
iii. Staff licensed by
Mississippi Department of Education supervises practices and games.
In grades 9-12 successful
completion of the first two JROTC courses can substitute for the required
½ Carnegie unit in health education if:
i. instruction includes all of the health
components included in the JROTC I and JROTC II curriculums; and,
ii. the JROTC teachers are licensed by the
Mississippi Department of Education with the 499 endorsement code.