A new state law in Tennessee requires kindergartners and first graders to get 225 minutes of unstructured physical activity a week, and second through sixth graders must get 160 minutes per week.
News Channel 11 reports that the department of education is helping schools comply with the new physical activity law. School districts were sent a memo in December explaining that “classroom activity breaks like Go Noodle cannot count towards the law because they are structured activities and the law requires activities to be non-structured.”
Channel 11 reports that local school districts would like to see more clarification or even changes. Greene County Director of Schools David McLain suggested that a law simply saying kids need 45 minutes a day of physical activity would be better.