PE Waiver

New Albany – Plain Local School District

HIGH SCHOOL PHYSICAL EDUCATION WAIVER

In accordance with Ohio Revised Code Section 3313.603 and New Albany Plain Local Board of Education Policy 5460, New Albany High School students may be excused from all physical education course requirements by participating in District-sponsored interscholastic athletics, marching band, or cheerleading for at least two full seasons while enrolled in high school.  Students in grade 12 who have not completed the waiver requirements or taken a physical education course will be automatically enrolled in physical education their senior year.

Ohio Revised Code defines District-sponsored interscholastic athletics, marching band, or cheerleading as any high school athletic team, high school cheerleading squad, or high school marching band that participates in the district’s regular athletic season(s) and is operated under the supervision of a Board employee.  Club activities and/or club sports are not considered part of the district-sponsored athletics, marching band, or cheerleading.  

Students participating in the PE waiver must complete one-half unit (.50 credit) in another course of study which is designated by the Board of Education as meeting the high school curriculum requirements.  Such instruction shall be separate from and in addition to all other courses of study and hours of instruction that are required in order to graduate.  

Students who wish to use the PE waiver must complete the waiver form prior to the start of the season in which they are participating in the activity.  This form will then be verified by the Athletic Director or Band Director to document full participation throughout the season.

Procedure for Documenting Physical Education Course Exemption

1.     Prior to participating in a full season of a sport, marching band, or cheerleading, the student must submit a Physical Education Waiver form to the Guidance Office.  Forms can be obtained in the Guidance Office or from the district website.

2.     Completed forms will be kept in the athletic office or band office until the season is completed.  Forms will then be verified by the athletic director or band director and given to the Guidance Office for record keeping.

3.     After completion of the second full season, the guidance counselor will add the PE Waiver to the student’s official transcript.

The Ohio Revised Code mandates participation in at least two (2) full seasons of an approved sport, cheerleading, or marching band in order to waive the PE requirement.  Participation in only one (1) full season cannot be combined with 0.25 credits of PE to meet the PE requirement for graduation.

The PE Waiver option for New Albany High School students is effective beginning with the Winter Sports season of the 2014-15 school year.  Participation in athletics, marching band, or cheerleading prior to the Winter Sports season of the 2014-15 school year will NOT count toward the PE Waiver.  

New Albany – Plain Local School District

HIGH SCHOOL PHYSICAL EDUCATION WAIVER

Frequently Asked Questions

1.      What constitutes a full season in New Albany Plain Local School District?  Criteria for full participation are determined by the Athletic Director / Band Director.  A full season is the first practice until the last event or banquet as per the athletic handbook.

2.     For the PE Waiver, will participation in other activities which involve physical activity on the part of the student be counted toward the two semesters of PE?  No, the Ohio Revised Code specifically limits the participation to district-sponsored interscholastic athletics, marching band, and cheerleading.  There is no authority granted to a board of education to include any other activities.

3.     How much Physical Education is required to graduate from New Albany High School?  Students are required to complete one-half unit of Physical Education for graduation.  Both elective and traditional Physical Education courses require a minimum of 120 hours of course instruction to earn one-half unit of credit.

4.     Are there any other requirements students must meet beyond the two full seasons of participation in interscholastic athletics, marching band, or cheerleading?   Yes.  Exempted students must also complete one-half unit of credit in another curricular area to compensate for the one-half credit they will not earn in Physical Education.  This one-half unit of credit in another curricular area keeps the minimum number of credits required for graduation at 22.

5.     What if the student is cut or ruled ineligible, quits, or has an athletic/activity code violation during the season?  The statute requires participation for “at least two full seasons.”  The season during which a student was cut, quit, or had an athletic code violation cannot be used to meet the two-season requirement.

6.     What happens if a student is injured during the season?  Injury will not prevent the completion of the season if the coach/director confirms that the student actively participated in and made contributions in spite of the injury.

7.     If a student participates in only one full season of an approved activity, can the student be excused from .25 units of PE and then take only .25 units of PE to meet the graduation requirement?  No.  The Ohio Revised Code requires participation for “at least two full seasons.”  There is no provision in law that would permit any type of partial waiver.  Students must either complete .50 units in PE or two full seasons in athletics, marching band, or cheerleading.  Partial combinations are not permitted.

8.     Can team managers or statisticians utilize the PE waiver?  No.  Team managers and statisticians are not eligible for the waiver.  Only students physically participating in the activity are eligible.

9.     How does this apply to transfer students?  Students transferring into New Albany High School who have earned the PE Waiver in their former school district will be able to use the PE Waiver in New Albany.  Students who are transferring from New Albany to another high school must check with their new high school to determine whether the school will honor the PE Waiver earned at New Albany High School.

Link to PE Waiver Form

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