Medical Excuses for Physical Education
Generally, a student well enough to be in school is required to dress in the appropriate physical education uniform. When a situation arises that would make activity harmful for a student, the following procedure is to be followed: the student is to bring an excuse signed by a parent, guardian, or physician to the teacher before class begins. A physician’s note is needed after four consecutive days of Physical Education Class with a signed note from a parent. In all cases, a student is still required to dress in the Physical Education uniform.
SAN MATEO UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT
PHYSICAL EDUCATION CURRICULUM COUNCIL
Procedures for Medical Release from Physical Education Participation
A San Mateo Union High School District student must be an active participant in a physical education class to receive physical education credit. However, a medical situation may impact a student’s ability to actively participate in his/her physical education class. In those situations, the following criteria will apply:
1. If a student is beginning a physical education class, but within the first three weeks of the semester, a medical situation prevents the student from participating for the duration of the semester, the student will be enrolled in an alternate class, will not receive physical education credit, and will re-enroll in physical education in a following semester.
2. If a student is enrolled in physical education and a medical situation occurs that prevents the student from participating in all activity for a specified period of time, the student will continue to be eligible for physical education credit, provided that the injury/illness is for six weeks or less (30 school days or less). The student will continue to attend class as scheduled. The student cannot be penalized for missing activities, provided the student completes reasonable alternate assignments and attends make-up sessions, as arranged by the physical education teacher.
3. If a student is enrolled in physical education and a medical situation occurs that prevents active participation for more than six weeks (more than 30 school days), the student will not be eligible for physical education credit, provided that the injury/illness is for six weeks or more. The absences do not need to be consecutive days and the student must have a doctor’s note. The student may be eligible for elective credit only and must retake the class during a following semester. The school staff may consider an alternate placement for the student, such as a student aide in the physical education class, while the student is inactive.
4. Physical education teachers must take into consideration when a student has physical limitations due to injury, illness, or chronic issue, and will allow program modifications for that student. The student/parent/guardian must give the school health clerk a physician’s note, detailing the student’s physical limitations. The health clerk will forward the information to the physical education teacher.
5. If a student has a disability that prevents him/her from participating throughout his/her years in high school, the student may be referred for an Adapted Physical Education (APE) evaluation. If the student is unable to take Adapted Physical Education or is not eligible for Adapted Physical Education, then the student may be exempted from the physical education requirement.
6. Students may not receive variable credit for a physical education class, except in an alternative education program.