ADE Director's Communication Memo Form

Memo Number : LS-06-078

Date Created : 02/21/2006


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Type of Memo: Informational
Response Required: No
Section:   Learning Services - Dr. Diana Julian, Assistant Commissioner
Rules Governing Nutrition and Physical Activity Standards

Regulatory Authority:
Ark. Code Ann. § 20-7-133 et seq..

Contact Person:
Tammy Harrell

Phone Number:


The purpose of this Commissioner’s Memo is to provide clarification and guidance concerning the Rules Governing Nutrition and Physical Activity Standards in Arkansas Public Schools (Act 1220 of 2003)(Rules). Following legislative review, the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) convened a Physical Activity Advisory Committee focusing on guidance regarding the implementation of the Physical Activity Standards. This memo is to provide guidance, concerning Sections 9.01 and 9.05 of the Rules. Specifically, school districts should assure that students receive either 30 minutes per day or 150 minutes per week of acceptable physical activity, beginning with the 2006-2007 school year. Attached is a list of physical activity recommended options, which the ADE has agreed, are acceptable physical activities. Also attached is a Sample Parent-District Verification Form for those acceptable physical activities occurring after the school day. The ADE and school district will monitor compliance of the above Sections of the Rules through each district’s Wellness Policy written assurance statement.


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