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LAUSD mandates elementary school students receive 200 minutes of physical education every two weeks. In 5th grade, students are required to take a Physical Fitness Test (PFT). The state-designated PFT is the FITNESSGRAM.

At Third Street School, the grade-level teachers are responsible for their students’ physical education; no funding is provided by the district for a dedicated Physical Education instructor.  

With this lack of a district-funded instructor for physical education, Friends of Third funds a full-time playground/physical education supervisor. This coach oversees the safety and security of children during recess periods, as well as provides guidance and structure to assist grade-level teachers for physical education enrichment from week-to-week.

Friends of Third also allocates a budget for new playground and PE equipment each year, with equipment chosen by our coach to best complement grade-appropriate yard activities.