2.80 - Exemption from PE Requirements [K-8]

  • In order to be excused from participation in physical education, a student must present an appropriate excuse from his or her parent/guardian or from a person licensed under the Medical Practice Act. The excuse may be based on medical or religious prohibitions. An excuse because of medical reasons must include a signed statement from a person licensed under the Medical Practice Act that corroborates the medical reason for the request. An excuse based on religious reasons must include a signed statement from a member of the clergy that corroborates the religious reason for the request.

    A student in grades 7-8 may submit a written request to the building principal requesting to be excused from physical education courses because of the student’s ongoing participation in an interscholastic or extracurricular athletic program.  The building principal will evaluate requests on a case-by-case basis.

    Students with an Individualized Education Program may also be excused from physical education courses for reasons stated in Chapter 10, Section 10.30 of the online student handbook.

    Special activities in physical education will be provided for a student whose physical or emotional condition, as determined by a person licensed under the Medical Practices Act, prevents his or her participation in the physical education course.

    State law prohibits the School District from honoring parental excuses based upon a student’s participation in athletic training, activities, or competitions conducted outside the auspices of the School District.

    Students who have been excused from physical education shall return to the course as soon as practical.  The following considerations will be used to determine when a student shall return to a physical education course:

    • The time of year when the student’s participation ceases; and
    • The student’s class schedule.

     

2.80 - Exemption from PE Requirement [HS]

  • In order to be excused from participation in physical education, a student must present an appropriate excuse from his or her parent/guardian or from a person licensed under the Medical Practice Act. The excuse may be based on medical or religious prohibitions. An excuse because of medical reasons must include a signed statement from a person licensed under the Medical Practice Act that corroborates the medical reason for the request. An excuse based on religious reasons must include a signed statement from a member of the clergy that corroborates the religious reason for the request.

    A student in grades 9-12 may submit a written request to the building principal requesting to be excused from physical education courses for the reasons stated below.

    • Enrollment in a marching band program for credit;
    • Enrollment in Reserve Officer’s Training Corps (ROTC) program sponsored by the District;
    • Ongoing participation in an interscholastic athletic program;
    • Enrollment in academic classes that are required for admission to an institution of higher learning (student must be in the 11th or 12th grade); or
    • Enrollment in academic classes that are required for graduation from high school, provided that failure to take such classes will result in the student being unable to graduate (student must be in the 11th or 12th grade).

    Students with an Individualized Education Program may also be excused from physical education courses for reasons stated in Chapter 10, Section 10.30 of the online student handbook.

    Special activities in physical education will be provided for a student whose physical or emotional condition, as determined by a person licensed under the Medical Practices Act, prevents his or her participation in the physical education course.

    State law prohibits the School District from honoring parental excuses based upon a student’s participation in athletic training, activities, or competitions conducted outside the auspices of the School District.

    Students who have been excused from physical education shall return to the course as soon as practical.  The following considerations will be used to determine when a student shall return to a physical education course:

    • The time of year when the student’s participation ceases;
    • The student’s class schedule; and
    • The student’s future or planned additional participation in activities qualifying for substitutions for physical education, as outlined above or in Chapter 10, Section 10.30 of the online student handbook. 

    Cross Reference:
    PRESS 6:310, Credit for Alternative Courses and Programs, and Course Substitutions
    PRESS 7:260, Exemption from Physical Education