All Physical Education classes are based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for Physical Education.
Elementary Physical Education
The elementary physical education instructional programs should emphasize participation in moderate to vigorous physical activity, fundamental motor skills, cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular strength and endurance, and flexibility development, and dance instruction. Instructional activities should incorporate life skills such as fair play, cooperation, citizenship, leadership, sportsmanship, and teamwork.
Senate Bill 530 requires the local School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) to consider and make policy recommendations to the district concerning the importance of daily recess for elementary school students. The council must consider research regarding unstructured and undirected play, academic and social development, and the health benefits of daily recess in making the recommendations. The council shall ensure that local community values are reflected in any policy recommendation made to the district under this subsection.
Therefore, the Rio Grande City Grulla Independent School District recess guidelines are:
Middle School Physical Education Requirements
Physical Education at the middle school level should focus on maximum participation in physical fitness and skill development daily. The program should, therefore, be designed to promote fitness concepts, self-reliance, interpersonal skills, and positive attitudes toward active/social lifestyles. Students should also participate in laboratory experiences that stress skill-building techniques.
It is strongly recommended that Physical Education be scheduled for two semesters each school year in grades 6, 7, and 8. However, Physical Education must be scheduled for no less than four semesters during the combined 6th, 7th, and 8th grades. To comply with these state Physical Education requirements the RGCGISD Physical Education Department suggests the following schedule:
High School Physical Education
Physical Education at the high school level should provide opportunities for students to engage in personal fitness, body conditioning, and recreational/lifetime activities. The program should, therefore, be designed to empower students to understand that total fitness and active participation is an individual responsibility.
Physical Education must be offered in Grades 9-12 during all semesters. Students must complete one credit in Physical Education for graduation.
Each school may offer the following physical education semester courses: