Children and adolescents should participate in 60 minutes of physical activity every day. A substantial percentage of students’ physical activity can be provided through a comprehensive, school-based physical activity program (CSPAP) that includes these components: physical education, recess, classroom-based physical activity, walk and bicycle to school, and out-of-school time activities and Dream Diné Charter School is committed to providing these opportunities. Schools will ensure that these varied opportunities are in addition to, and not as a substitute for, physical education (addressed in “Physical Education” subsection).
Physical activity during the school day (including but not limited to recess, physical activity breaks, or physical education) will not be withheld as punishment for any reason.
To the extent practicable, Dream Diné Charter School will ensure that its grounds and facilities are safe and that equipment is available to students to be active. Dream Diné Charter School will conduct necessary inspections and repairs.
- Through a formal joint or shared use agreements indoor and outdoor physical activity facilities will be open to students, their families, and the community outside of school hours. Change Lab Solutions provides guidance regarding joint or shared use agreements.
- Dream Diné Charter School will work with schools to ensure that inventories of physical activity supplies are known and, when necessary, will work with community partners to ensure sufficient quantities of equipment are available to encourage activity for as many students as possible.
Dream Diné Charter School’s daily schedule includes morning runs lasting at least 30 minutes. Students will be given the option to run or walk at this time.
DDCS will offer at least 15 minutes of recess on all or most days during the school year This policy may be waived on early dismissal or late arrival days. If recess is offered before lunch, schools will have appropriate hand-washing facilities and/or hand-sanitizing mechanisms located just inside/outside the cafeteria to ensure proper hygiene prior to eating and students are required to use these mechanisms before eating. Hand-washing time, as well as time to put away coats/hats/gloves, will be built in to the recess transition period/timeframe before students enter the cafeteria.
Outdoor recess will be offered when weather is feasible for outdoor play, Students will be allowed outside for recess except when outdoor temperature is above/below District-set temperature, inclusive of wind chill factors, during “code orange” or “code red” days, during storms with lightening or thunder, or at the discretion of the building administrator based on his/her best judgment of safety conditions.
In the event that the school or district must conduct indoor recess, teachers and staff will follow the indoor recess guidelines that promote physical activity for students, to the extent practicable.
Recess will complement, not substitute, physical education class. Recess monitors or teachers will encourage students to be active, and will serve as role models by being physically active alongside the students whenever feasible.
Physical Activity Breaks (Elementary and Secondary)
Dream Diné Charter School recognizes that students are more attentive and ready to learn if provided with periodic breaks when they can be physically active or stretch. Thus, students will be offered periodic opportunities to be active or to stretch throughout the day on all or most days during a typical school week. Dream Diné Charter School recommends teachers provide short (3-5 minute) physical activity breaks to students during and between classroom time. These physical activity breaks will complement, not substitute, for physical education class, recess, and class transition periods.
Teachers will incorporate movement and kinesthetic learning approaches into “core” subject instruction when possible (e.g., science, math, language arts, social studies, and others) and do their part to limit sedentary behavior during the school day.
DDCS will support classroom teachers incorporating physical activity and employing kinesthetic learning approaches into core subjects by providing annual professional development opportunities and resources, including information on leading activities, activity options, as well as making available background material on the connections between learning and movement.
Teachers will serve as role models by being physically active alongside the students whenever feasible.
Before and After School Activities
Dream Diné Charter School offers opportunities for students to participate in physical activity either before and/or after the school day (or both) through a variety of methods. Dream Diné Charter School will encourage students to be physically active before and after school by other activities that promote student wellness.
Dream Diné Charter School will integrate wellness activities across the entire school setting, not just in the cafeteria. DDCS will coordinate and integrate other initiatives related to physical activity, physical education, nutrition, and traditional Diné teachings so all efforts are complementary, not duplicative, and work towards the same set of goals and objectives promoting whole student well-being, optimal development, and strong educational outcomes.
Dream Diné Charter School will coordinate content across curricular areas that promote student health. This will be accomplished through a collaborative curriculum development project with Yeego Gardening, NMSU and U of WA.
Efforts to obtain federal, state, or association recognition for efforts, or grants/funding opportunities for healthy school environments will be coordinated with and complementary to the wellness policy.
All school-sponsored events will adhere to the wellness policy. All school-sponsored wellness events will include physical activity opportunities.