2.80 - Exemption From PE Requirement [HS]

  • 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.

    1. Enrollment in a marching band program for credit;
    2. Enrollment in Reserve Officer’s Training Corps (ROTC) program sponsored by the District;
    3. Ongoing participation in an interscholastic athletic program (student must be in the 11th or 12th grade);
    4. 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
    5. 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 Handbook Procedure 10.30.

    Exemption means release from required physical education course and credit.

    In order to be exempted 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 exemption 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 exemption based on religious reasons must include a signed statement from a member of the clergy that corroborates the religious reason for the request.

    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 Practice Act, prevents his or her participation in the physical education course.

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

    A student who is eligible for special education may be exempted from physical education courses in either of the following situations:

    1. He or she (a) is in grades 3-12, (b) his or her IEP or 504 requires that special education support and services be provided during physical education time, and (c) the parent/guardian agrees or the IEP/504 team makes the determination, or
    2. He or she (a) has an IEP or 504, (b) is participating in an adaptive program outside of the school setting, and (c) the parent/guardian documents the student’s participation as required by the Superintendent or designee.

    A student requiring adapted physical education must receive the service in accordance with his or her Individualized Educational Program/Plan (IEP or 504).

    A student in grades 9-12, unless otherwise stated, may submit a written request to the Building Principal to be excused from physical education courses for the reasons stated in 6:310, High School Credit for Non-District Experiences; Course Submission; Re-Entering Students.

    The Superintendent or designee shall maintain records showing that the criteria set forth in this policy were applied to the student’s individual circumstances, as appropriate. 


    Cross Reference:
    Barrington 220 Policy 6:310, Credit for Alternative Courses and Programs, and Course Substitutions