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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Legislation that would require that Virginia public school students get at least an average of 20 minutes of physical activity a day is advancing in the General Assembly.

A House version of the bill received preliminary approval Wednesday, despite criticism from some lawmakers that it was an unfair imposition the state was putting on teachers and local school districts.

The Senate has already approved its version of the bill. The legislation applies to students in kindergarten through fifth grade.

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Middle school students in the Indian River School District could push back start and dismissal times by 15 minutes in an effort to get double usage from the school buses.

School officials say that this has become necessary because of the growth of the population in the district.

Assistant Superintendent Mark Steele told WBOC that this was the only option because “We were really kinda bursting at the seams.”

Steele noted that last year the kindergarten went from half day to full day which meant that more students were using the school buses.