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603.8 - Physical Education

Students in grades K-12 are required to participate in physical education courses unless they are excused by the principal of their attendance center.

Students may be excused from physical education courses if 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.

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

  1. The student is enrolled in academic courses not otherwise available.
  2. The student has obtained a physical education waiver for the quarter because the student is actively involved in an athletic program.
  3. The student is participating in the Legislative Page Program at the State Capitol for a regular session of the general assembly.
  4. The student is enrolled in a Junior Reserve Officer Training Corp (JROTC).

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

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


Adopted: 3/99
Deleted: 9/16
Readopted: 9/21
Reviewed: 12/09; 9/13; 4/16
Revised: 7/03; 7/08; 7/11; 9/12; 2/15
Related Policy: 602.1
Legal Reference (Code of Iowa): §§ 256.11; 281 IAC 12.5
IASB Reference: 603.06
Mandatory Policy