“Exercise and recreation are as necessary as reading.”
Portland Board of Public Education has recently passed a package of
wellness-related policies to improve physical activity and nutrition in
our schools. These policies, listed at the bottom of this page, establish the
following changes to improve daily physical activity among students:
- Require minimum of 30 minutes of daily physical activity opportunities for elementary schools
- Denying recess is no longer a permissable form of discipline for students
- Prohibits denial of recess for remediation or enrichment
- Sets guidelins and procedures for safe walking and biking to school
Physical Education in Our Schools
Education provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to
perform a variety of physical activities, to maintain physical fitness,
and to value as well as enjoy physical activity as an ongoing part of a
healthy lifestyle. A comprehensive physical education program includes
moderate to vigorous physical activity on a daily basis.
Portland Public School has a Physical Education program. At high
school, students are required to complete one credit of physical
education for graduation. At middle and elementary schools, students
participate in regular Physical Education classes. Curriculum and
assessment are currently a site based model, but the district is working
towards a unified framework.
Physical Activity in Our Schools
activity is considered opportunities to be moderate to vigorously
physically active. In addition to Physical Education courses,
opportunities to be physically active are available for voluntary
participation during the school day, as well as before and after
school. Regular physical activity is linked to enhanced health and
reduced risk for the development of many chronic diseases in adults.
Children and adolescents should do 60 minutes or more of physical
activity each day.
There are many opportunities for students to be
physically active before, during, and after school. School playgrounds
and other facilities are available for public use outside the school
day. Many teachers implement activities that encourage movement as part
of learning. We also have many athletic, intramural, and club
opportunities for students to be physically active.
Currently, PPS projects to encourage physical activity in schools include:
Walkways - a project in partnership with Healthy Portland under the
CPPW grant, a walking route has been idenitified and promotion signage
installed for all Portland Elementary schools.
- Physical Activity
Videos - another project in partnership with Healthy Portland under the
CPPW grant, short web-based physical activity videos were filmed with
the Red Claws, Pirates, and the PATHS Dance Program. Videos can be
accessed at any time from the distirct's TV3 on demmand web site.
Routes to School - a project in partnership with Healthy Portland,
Bicycle Coalition of Maine, Safe Routes to School, Portland Trails,
GPCOG, and the City of Portland, working on developing school travel
plans for each school in the district.
- 5210 - a project in
partnership with Healthy Portland and Let's Go!, spreading the message
that we should all get one hour of daily physical activity.