Curriculum and Instruction

Education Law Section 803


Instruction in physical education

§ 803. Instruction in physical education and kindred subjects. 

1. All  pupils  above  the  age  of  eight years in all elementary and secondary  schools, shall receive as part of the prescribed courses of  instruction  therein  such physical education under the direction of the commissioner  of education as  the  regents  may  determine.  Such  courses  shall  be  designed  to  aid  in  the  well-rounded  education of pupils and in the  development of character, citizenship, physical fitness, health and  the  worthy  use  of  leisure.  Pupils  above  such  age attending the public  schools shall be required to attend  upon  such  prescribed  courses  of  instruction.   

2.  The  board  of  education  or  trustees  of  every school district  regularly employing twenty or more teachers shall employ  a  teacher  or  teachers  qualified  and  duly  licensed  under  the  regulations of the  regents to give such instruction; in every other district of the  state,  they  shall  require  such  instruction  to  be  given by the teacher or  teachers regularly employed to give instruction in other subjects or  by  a  teacher or teachers qualified and duly licensed under the regulations  of the regents.   

3. The boards of education or  trustees  of  two  or  more  contiguous  districts  in  the  same  supervisory district, however, may join in the  employment  of  a  teacher  qualified  and  duly  licensed   under   the  regulations  of  the regents to give such instruction; and the salary of  such teacher and the expenses incurred on account  of  such  instruction  shall be apportioned by the district superintendent among such districts  according to the assessed valuation thereof, and as so apportioned shall  be a charge upon each of such districts.   

4.  Similar  courses of instruction shall be prescribed and maintained  in private schools in the state and all  pupils  in  such  schools  over  eight  years  of age shall attend upon such courses; and if such courses  are not so established and maintained in any private school,  attendance  upon  instruction  in  such  school  shall  not  be deemed substantially  equivalent to instruction given to children of like ages in  the  public  school or schools of the city or district in which the child resides.   

5.  It shall be the duty of the regents to adopt rules determining the  subjects to be included in courses of physical education provided for in  this section, the period of instruction in each of such courses, the  qualifications of  teachers, and the attendance upon such courses of  instruction.   

6. The physical education hereinbefore provided for, may be given,  when practicable, in any armory of the state where such armory is within  convenient  distance  from  the  school,  and  at such times and in such  manner as not to interfere  with  the  regular  military  uses  of  such  armory.  The commanding officer in charge of any such armory shall, upon  application made by any board of education or trustees  of  the  several  cities  and school districts within the state, permit access to any such  armory, for the purposes herein mentioned.



Last Updated: April 21, 2009