P.E. Waiver

  • Students seeking to waive Physical Education must have their parent/guardian complete a waiver request form. Students who are approved for a physical education waiver must still meet the Healthy Kids Act requirements passed by the Iowa Legislature in 2008. This act requires all students in grades 6–12 to participate in physical activity for a minimum of 120 minutes per week in which there are at least five days of school. This law also requires that the district monitor how students fulfill this requirement, which is why a waiver must be completed.

    Waiver Types

    • Academic course not otherwise available (with an eight-credit semester, grades 9-12)
    • Organized and supervised athletic program (athletic waiver, grades 11-12 only)
    • Off-campus educational program (work-based learning, grade 12 only)
    • Medical
    • Conflict with religious belief

P.E. Waiver Forms

P.E. Waiver FAQs

  • What guides district decisions related to Physical Education waivers?

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    Guidance is drawn from a 2018 Iowa Department of Education general accreditation memorandum on the requirements for Physical Education and high school programs.

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  • Who makes the final decision on whether or not a student is approved for a P.E. waiver?

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    Each building's principal and/or administrative team makes the final decision.

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  • What is an off-campus educational program?

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    An off-campus educational program is a “work-based learning program or other educational program authorized by the school” requiring the student’s absence from school premises during the school day. WDMCS students engaged in work-based learning programs must be enrolled in either Collaborative Field Experience or Work Development. These courses can be found under "Leadership and Career Exploration Courses" in the Business Education section of the online course catalog.

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  • Who is an appropriately licensed and endorsed employee?

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    An appropriately licensed and endorsed employee is one who holds either a grades 5-12 Physical Education endorsement or a coaching endorsement issued by the Board of Educational Examiners.

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  • What qualifies for a medical waiver?

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    A parent/guardian must file with the building principal and school nurse a statement signed by a physician or other competent health care provider (e.g., within the scope of the provider’s licensure and authorized practice) that a student is not “physically able” to participate in physical education.

    This exemption applies to grades 1-12, and may also apply to health courses and the “physical activity” and “CPR course” requirements of the Healthy Kids Act (See Section III).

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  • What qualifies as a religious belief waiver?

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    A parent/guardian must file a written statement with the school principal that a physical education course conflicts with the “pupil’s religious belief.” 

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  • My student is participating in intensive training at a private gym. Does this qualify?

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     No. The activity is not sponsored by the school district and is therefore not eligible. This is not a decision made by WDMCS but is a state law.

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  • Does a fitness club that meets weekly for an 18-week semester qualify for a P.E. waiver?

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    No. The fitness club example only meets for 810 minutes (45 minutes per week for 18 weeks.) Because it is less than the 900 minutes required by law, it does not meet eligibility requirements.

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  • Can juniors waive P.E. just like seniors?

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    In most cases, juniors cannot waive P.E. like seniors. According to the Iowa Department of Education Memorandum, students in 11th grade cannot waive the entire year of P.E. However, if you are an 11th grader enrolled in Early Bird P.E. or Advanced Strength and Conditioning which meets every other day for the entire school year, then you are eligible to waive either the first or second semester that aligns with your participation in the approved activity.

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  • Why is a student's GPA asked for on this application?

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    A student's GPA is one small measure of a student's level of success. Students who are demonstrating strong academic performance often tend to continue finding success when requesting an academic overload, or an eight-credit semester. Younger grade-level students will be asked to think through their four-year plans when considering an eight-credit semester.

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Last Modified on May 4, 2021