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603.6 Physical Education

Code No. 603.6


Students in grades one through twelve are required to participate in physical education courses unless they are excused by the principal of their attendance center.

The Physical Education curriculum at Grinnell High School is built on the five components of fitness; cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, and body composition.  Along with the components of fitness, the classes offered help students to understand the importance of how to achieve and maintain a health-enhancing level of physical health and well-being.

Students in grades 9-12 may also be excused from physical education courses if:

  • the student is enrolled in academic courses not otherwise available, or
  • the student presents a written statement from a doctor stating that such activities could be injurious to the health of the student, or
  • the student has been exempted because of a conflict with the student's religious beliefs.

Twelfth grade students may also be excused from physical education courses if the student is enrolled in a cooperative, work study or other educational program authorized by the school which requires the student's absence from school.

Students who will not participate in physical education must have a written request or statement from their parents.

NOTE: This is a mandatory policy and reflects the educational standards.

Legal Reference:     
Iowa Code § 256.11 (2013).
281 I.A.C. 12.5.

Cross Reference:     
504 Student Activities
603 Instructional Curriculum

Grinnell-Newburg School District, Grinnell, IA