CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- National physical education groups and health professionals recommend at least five half-hour sessions of physical education a week for elementary kids and 225 minutes a week for middle and high school students.West Virginia falls short. As of 2005, state law requires: Three half-hour sessions a week for elementary children. Thirty minutes a day for one semester for middle school kids, then no more for the rest of the year. Many schools collapse it into 18 weeks, then none. Only one semester in four years for high school students.
The state Department of Education urges schools to add more physical activity in addition to formal physical education classes, with a goal of daily exercise for every child.