PHYSICAL EDUCATION EXEMPTION POLICY

A. Junior/Senior students may request a petition for exemption from physical education for the following reasons:

    1. A student is determined to be participating in an interscholastic sport or Marching Band. Participation must be verified by the athletic director or the music department chairperson, according to the area of requested exemption. If eligible to be exempted from physical education, a student may be placed in an advisory hour. No student exempting out of physical education can be an office aide. If a student is placed in advisory hour, he/she must return to physical education at the completion of the sport/activity season for that student, or when he/she quits a sport/activity or is removed from a sport/activity. A student may remain in advisory hour if he/she immediately participates in a sport during the following sports season. As an alternative to advisory hour, a student may request to be placed in an academic class. To exercise this option, a student must be a participant in an interscholastic sport or Marching Band at the beginning of a semester. Once enrolled, a student may remain in the course for one semester regardless of the length of the sport/activity season.

    2. A Senior student can verify through written evidence from an institution of higher education that a specific course not required for graduation from high school is required for admission to the college or university. Even if verified, a student must first drop all courses which are not needed to meet college entrance requirements before a petition for exemption from physical education will be considered.

    3. A student who has previously failed or not completed one or more courses required for graduation, or a student who has transferred into the district with deficient credits required for graduation. Before an exemption will be granted, the student must drop all elective courses not required for graduation.

    Petitions for exemption must be made through the student’s Coach or Band Director. Petitions will be verified and determined on an individual basis. Approvals will be for one semester only, but may be renewed for additional semesters if circumstances warrant. Final decisions regarding these guidelines will be made by the building principal. Students will not be granted exemptions from the required semester of Health Education. Enrollment in this course is a part of the freshman requirement.

B. PE Waiver/Credit

    1. STUDENTS WHO STAY IN PE

      Students who choose to stay in Physical Education and receive a passing grade for the semester will receive their normal 1⁄2 credit and the grade will be computed into the students’ Grade Point Average.

    2. STUDENTS WHO WAIVE OUT OF PE AND TAKE ANOTHER COURSE

      Students who waive out of Physical Education and take another semester course, and successfully pass the replacement course, will receive 1⁄2 credit for the replacement course and the semester grade will be computed into the Grade Point Average. The Physical Education credit for the semester will be waived. However, if a student takes another course in place of Physical Education to meet a graduation requirement or for college admission, and drops the replacement course prior to the end of the semester, the Physical Education waiver will be removed. The student will have to make up the semester credit in Physical Education. Additionally, if a student waives out of Physical Education due to participation in an eligible extra-curricular activity, takes a substitute course, and subsequently drops out of the extra-curricular activity, the Physical Education waiver will be removed. The student will have to make up the semester credit in Physical Education.

    3. STUDENTS WHO WAIVE OUT OF PE AND GO INTO ADVISORY HOUR

      a. Students who are eligible to waive out of Physical Education must do so during the first week of the activity that allows for the Physical Education waiver. If eligible students stay in Physical Education beyond the first week of the activity, the students must stay in Physical Education until the start of the next activity eligible for a waiver. Students who participate in an eligible activity that starts before the beginning of the school year must exercise their waiver option during the first full week of school.

      b. Students who waive out of Physical Education for an entire semester will receive a “P” for the semester. The “P” will award 1⁄2 credit in Physical Education, but will not be computed into the students’ Grade Point Average.

      c. Students who waive out of Physical Education for more than half of a semester (more than a one-quarter grading period) will receive a “P” for the semester. The “P” will award 1⁄2 credit in Physical Education, but will not be computed into the students’ Grade Point Average. However, to receive a “P” for the semester, the students must receive a passing grade in Physical Education during the time they are in Physical Education class.

      d. Students who waive out of Physical Education for half of a semester or less (one quarter or less) will receive a regular letter grade for the semester. The grade will be computed into the students’ Grade Point Average, and if a passing grade is awarded, the students will receive 1⁄2 credit in Physical Education. Students who waive out of P.E. and go into an advisory cannot be office aides.