Physical Education

Physical education prepares students with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes essential for leading a physically active and physically fit lifestyle. With physical inactivity being identified as a major disease risk factor in our sedentary society, physical education makes an increasingly important and integral contribution to the education of the “whole child”. The primary focus in this subject area centers on the physical dimension of human development. Curricula are based upon a developmentally appropriate progression of physical activities that nurture the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development of all students. Regardless of the activity, the self-reliance, socialization skills, cooperative skills, work ethic, respect for others, and integrity of each student can be readily observed, taught, monitored and modeled. Considering that the curricular expectations extend well beyond physical accomplishment, the use of varied and appropriate teaching styles is essential. A physically educated person has learned skills necessary to perform a variety of physical activities, does participate regularly in physical activity, is physically fit, knows implications of and benefits from involvement in physical activities, and values physical activity and its contributions to a healthy lifestyle. As per New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Inc.

  1. Physical education is required by law, therefore, all pupils shall be required to attend courses of instruction in Physical Education in all grades. Grades four through twelve will dress in gym clothes when classes are full length periods.

  2. Students must have two full units of credit in Physical Education for graduation.

  3. When parents request that their child be excused from participating for reasons of physical disability, a written statement must be filed with the school nurse and the Director of Athletics stating the reason. According to law, if there is a question, the school physician has the final say.

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