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Sausalito Marin City SD |  BP  6142.7  Instruction

Physical Education   

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The Board of Trustees recognizes the positive benefits of physical activity on student health and academic achievement. The Board desires to provide a physical education program that supports the district's coordinated student wellness program, provides an adequate amount of moderate to vigorous physical activity, builds interest and proficiency in movement skills, and encourages students' lifelong fitness through physical activity. Besides promoting high levels of personal achievement and a positive self-image, physical education activities should teach students how to cooperate in the achievement of common goals.

(cf. 5030 - Student Wellness)

(cf. 5121 - Grades/Evaluation of Student Achievement)

(cf. 6142.8 - Comprehensive Health Education)

(cf. 6145.2 - Athletic Competition)

(cf. 6146.1 - High School Graduation Requirements)

(cf. 6146.11 - Alternative Credits Toward Graduation)

The Board shall approve the components of the physical education program. The district's program shall be aligned with state model content standards and curriculum frameworks for physical education and shall provide a developmentally appropriate sequence of instruction including, at appropriate grade levels, the effects of physical activity upon dynamic health, the mechanics of body movement, aquatics, gymnastics and tumbling, individual and dual sports, rhythms and dance, team sports, and combatives such as self-defense and fencing.

(cf. 6011 - Academic Standards)

(cf. 6143 - Courses of Study)

The district's program shall provide equal opportunities for participation in physical education instruction regardless of gender.

(cf. 0410 - Nondiscrimination in District Programs and Activities)

An appropriate alternative activity or exemption from the physical education class shall be provided for a student with disabilities in accordance with his/her individualized education program or Section 504 accommodation plan.

(cf. 6159 - Individualized Education Program)

(cf. 6164.6 - Identification and Education Under Section 504)

Physical education staff shall appropriately adjust the amount or type of physical exercise required of students during air pollution episodes, hot weather, or other inclement conditions or as needed to accommodate individual student health needs.

(cf. 3516 - Emergencies and Disaster Preparedness Plan)

The district's physical education program shall be provided by appropriately credentialed teachers. Continuing professional development shall be offered to physical education teachers and to classroom teachers serving as instructors of physical education in order to enhance the quality of instruction and the variety of activities offered.

(cf. 4112.2 - Certification)

(cf. 4131 - Staff Development)

(cf. 4222 - Teacher Aides/Paraprofessionals)

The Superintendent or designee shall annually administer the physical fitness test designated by the State Board of Education to students in grades 5, 7, and 9. (Education Code 60800)

The Superintendent or designee shall annually report to the Board the results of the physical fitness testing for each school and applicable grade level. He/she shall also report to the Board regarding the number of instructional minutes offered in physical education for each grade level, the number of two-year and permanent exemptions granted pursuant to Education Code 51241 as described below, and any other data agreed upon by the Board and the Superintendent or designee to evaluate program quality and the effectiveness of the district's program in meeting goals for physical activity.

(cf. 0500 - Accountability)

(cf. 6190 - Evaluation of the Instructional Program)

The Superintendent or designee shall report the aggregate results of the physical fitness testing in the annual school accountability report card required by Education Code 33126 and 35256. (Education Code 60800)

(cf. 0510 - School Accountability Report Card)

Temporary Exemptions

The Superintendent or designee may grant a temporary exemption from physical education under either of the following conditions: (Education Code 51241)

1. The student is ill or injured and a modified program to meet his/her needs cannot be provided.

2. The student is enrolled for one-half time or less.

Two-Year Exemptions

With a student's consent, the Superintendent or designee may exempt the student from any two years of physical education courses during grades 10-12 provided that the student has satisfactorily met any five of the six standards of the state's physical fitness test in grade 9. (Education Code 51241)

Upon request by students and/or their parents/guardians, the Superintendent or designee may administer the physical fitness test to students in grades 10-12 who need to pass the test in order to qualify for a two-year exemption from physical education courses.

Permanent Exemptions

The Superintendent or designee may grant a permanent exemption from physical education to a student under any of the following conditions: (Education Code 51241)

1. The student is age 16 years or older and has been enrolled in grade 10 for one or more academic years.

2. The student is enrolled as a postgraduate student.

3. The student is enrolled in a juvenile home, ranch, camp, or forestry camp school with scheduled recreation and exercise.

Other Exemptions

The Superintendent or designee may grant an exemption from physical education under the following special circumstances:

1. The student in grades 10-12 is excused for up to 24 clock hours in order to participate in automobile driver training. (Education Code 51222)

2. The student in grades 10-12 attends a regional occupational center or program and attendance in physical education courses results in hardship because of the travel time involved. (Education Code 52316)

3. The student is in high school and is engaged in a regular school-sponsored interscholastic athletic program carried on wholly or partially after regular school hours. (Education Code 51242)

(cf. 6145.2 - Athletic Competition)

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

33126 School accountability report card

33350-33354 CDE responsibilities re: physical education

35256 School accountability report card

49066 Grades; physical education class

51210 Course of study, grades 1-6

51220 Course of study, grades 7-12

51222 Physical education

51223 Physical education, elementary schools

51241 Temporary or permanent exemption from physical education

51242 Exemption from physical education for athletic program participants

52316 Excuse from attending physical education classes

60800 Physical performance test

CODE OF REGULATIONS, TITLE 5

1040-1048 Physical performance test

3051.5 Adapted physical education for individuals with exceptional needs

10060 Criteria for high school physical education programs

UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 29

794 Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 504

UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 42

1751 Note Local wellness policy

ATTORNEY GENERAL OPINIONS

53 Ops.Cal.Atty.Gen. 230 (1970)

Management Resources:

CSBA PUBLICATIONS

Physical Education and California Schools, Policy Brief, rev. October 2007

Monitoring for Success: Student Wellness Policy Implementation Monitoring Report and Guide, 2007

Student Wellness: A Healthy Food and Physical Activity Policy Resource Guide, rev. April 2006

CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION PROGRAM ADVISORIES

0418.89 Physical Education, April 18, 1989

CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION PUBLICATIONS

Physical Education Model Content Standards for California Public Schools: Kindergarten Through Grade 12, January 2005

Physical Education Framework for California Public Schools: Kindergarten Through Grade 12, 1996

CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH SERVICES PUBLICATIONS

School Idea and Resource Mini Kit, 2000

CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION PUBLICATIONS

School Health Index for Physical Activity and Healthy Eating: A Self-Assessment and Planning Guide for Elementary and Middle/High Schools, 2000

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF STATE BOARDS OF EDUCATION PUBLICATIONS

Fit, Healthy and Ready to Learn, 2000

WEB SITES

CSBA: http://www.csba.org

California Department of Education, Physical Fitness Testing: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/pf

California Department of Health Services, School Health Connections: http://www.dhs.ca.gov/ps/cdic/shc/default.htm

California Healthy Kids Resource Center: http://www.californiahealthykids.org

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: http://www.cdc.gov

Educational Data System, California physical fitness: http://www.eddata.com/projects/current/cpf

FITNESSGRAMR, Cooper Institute: http://www.fitnessgram.net

Healthy People 2010: http://www.healthypeople.gov

National Association for Sports and Physical Education: http://www.aahperd.org/naspe

National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE): http://www.nasbe.org

National School Boards Association: http://www.nsba.org

The California Endowment: http://www.calendow.org

Policy SAUSALITO MARIN CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

adopted: February 11, 2010 Sausalito, California