Physical Education



The Governing Board recognizes the positive benefits of physical activity for student health and academic achievement. The Board desires to provide a physical education program that 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.

The Board shall approve the components of the physical education program. The District's program shall include a variety of kinesthetic activities, including team and individual sports, as well as aesthetic movement forms, such as dance.

An appropriate alternative activity shall be provided for students with a physical disability that may restrict excessive physical exertion.

Physical education staff shall appropriately limit the amount or type of physical exercise required of students during air pollution episodes, hot weather or other inclement conditions.


The Superintendent or designee may grant temporary exemption from physical education under any of the following conditions:

  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; or

  3. the student in grades 10-12 is excused for up to twenty-four (24) clock hours in order to participate in automobile driver training.

The Superintendent or designee may exempt students, with their consent, from any two (2) years of physical education courses during grades 10-12.

The Superintendent or designee may excuse any student in grades 10-12 who attends a regional occupational center or program from attending physical education courses if such attendance results in hardship because of the travel time involved.

The Superintendent or designee may exempt a high school student from physical education if he/she is engaged in a regular school-sponsored interscholastic athletic program carried on wholly or partially after regular school hours.

The Superintendent or designee may grant permanent exemptions from physical education to a student who is either:

  1. age 16 years or older and has been enrolled in grade 10 for one (1) or more academic years;

  2. enrolled as a postgraduate student; or

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

Legal Reference:
Education Code
33350 CDE responsibilities re: physical education
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
1041-1046 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
Attorney General Opinions
53 Ops.Cal.Atty.Gen. 230 (1970)

First Reading: 5/10/06

Governing Board Adoption: 6/21/06

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