Physical activity is an important factor in maintaining a health body, enhancing psychological well-being and preventing disease and early death. Research shows that beginning a childhood fitness program that continues through adulthood improves one's ability to have a longer, healthier life.
The goal of the Physical Education Department is to provide students with the knowledge and skills that will allow them to participate and enjoy a variety of physical activities and sports for a lifetime and to understand the relationship between physical activity and health throughout the lifespan.
ECISD board policy requires the following for all students regarding Physical Education (P.E.):
Kindergarten - 5th Grade -- at least 30 minutes per day throughout the school year, or at least 135 minutes per week.
6th - 8th Grade -- At least 30 minutes per day for at least four academic semesters.
9th - 12th Grade -- At least one credit.
NOTE: Board policy does allow for exemptions for students who are "unable to participate in the required physical activity because of illness or disability." Please contact your campus administrator for any questions regarding exemptions.
Effective with the 2007-08 school year, Texas state law requires that the FITNESSGRAM physical fitness assessment be administered to all students in grades 3-12. Fitnessgram is a fitness assessment and reporting program for youth, first developed in 1982 by The Cooper Institute in response to the need for a comprehensive set of assessment procedures in physical education programs. The assessment includes a variety of health-related physical fitness tests that assess aerobic capacity; muscular strength, muscular endurance, and flexibility; and body composition. Scores from these assessments are compared to Healthy Fitness Zone® standards to determine students' overall physical fitness and suggest areas for improvement when appropriate.
NOTE: students with physical disabilities may be exempted from part or all of the assessment - please contact your campus administrator for more information or to request an exemption for your child.
The Fitnessgram report provides information about the student's level of physical fitness in an easy-to-read format. More important, the report provides personalized suggestions that can help in planning an individualized fitness plan. Parents may request a copy of their child’s physical fitness assessment by submitting a letter to their principal at the end of the school year.
ECISD believes by providing you and your child with this health-related fitness information, you can lead your child toward a healthy lifestyle. A healthy student is better prepared to learn and perform in all aspects of life.
Physical Education teachers spend many hours during professional development training developing new and
innovative way to keep students active. Below are pictures of teachers participating in various activities during