Attendance in Physical Education
Attendance and activity is a must for physical growth and health of the student. The grading policy is reflective of this philosophy. Students earn points for dress and participation in class activities, which is based on attendance in class each day. Physical education classes are scheduled to meet five days a week, at the same time each day, throughout the semester. Missing physical education class decreases the amount of time a student participates in the activities, therefore, a student’s participation grade may be affected by excused absences until they are made up. If a student is absent from school or not present during their scheduled physical education class, a score of 0/10 is recorded for that day.
Recording AttendanceDaily attendance in class is taken during roll call while the student is in her exercise position. Students are given five minutes after the late bell rings to change clothes and report to the gym for roll call. If a student is late for roll call, it will be considered a tardy for class and points will be deducted from the participation score for that day. Attendance in school is confirmed with the MMS system.
· Excused Absences – Excused absences are those that are cleared through the Middle School office or through the nurse’s office with proper documentation. Students who are absent from school or class are expected to make-up physical education classes that are missed.
o One (1) excused absence is permitted each 9-week grading period without affecting the student’s grade.
o This first absence will be recorded in the grading system as an exemption to that day’s participation score.
o Subsequent absences will be noted in the Teacher Notes portion of the MMS grade entry system with a participation score of 0/10.
o Unexcused absences cannot be made up!· Co-Curricular and Extracurricular Activities – Students who are absent from school or class due to a school sponsored activity will be required to make-up physical education classes that are missed.
o School sponsored activities include scheduled music lessons, field trips, service projects, club activities, and athletic events.
o One (1) excused absence designated for co-curricular and/or extracurricular activities is permitted per 9-week grading period.
o The first absence due to a school sponsored activity is identified as an exemption in the MMS grade entry system.
o Subsequent absences are noted in the Teacher Notes portion of the MMS grade book.
· Medical Excuses – Students who are absent from school or class due to an injury, illness, or medical condition that prevents daily participation will be required to fulfill an alternative physical education plan.
o ALL medical excuses must be turned into the school nurse prior to reporting to physical education class.
o Notes signed by parents/guardians regarding participation in physical education must be signed by the school nurse prior to reporting to class.
o Students with a medical excuse will dress appropriately for class in order to fulfill an alternative activity plan.
o Alternative activities will be designed to allow participation without affecting the student’s medical condition.
o If a student cannot participate in class due to the nature of the medical excuse, the missed physical education class must be made up.
o Students having a medical excuse signed by a physician that prohibits ANY physical activity for a period of time will be required to make-up classes missed or complete a written assignment.· Written Assignments for Participation
o Written research projects will be used as an alternative physical education plan when physical activity is prohibited by a physician.
o The nature and length of absence due to a medical condition will be used to determine the type of written assignment to be completed.
o Written assignments will be graded based on content and grammar.
o Specific guidelines for a written research project will be given to the student upon requiring the need to complete written work.
· Make-Up Classes for Physical Education – Absences that require missed classes to be made up will need to be completed by the end of term in which the absence(s) occurred. Failure to make up missed classes will result in a 0/10 participation score and may affect the final term grade.Opportunities for Make-Up Classes – Students must complete the Physical Education Make-Up Form in order to receive proper credit for make-up classes. Forms are available from the instructor.
Study Hallso Study hall periods may be used to make-up class. Students will not be excused from a regularly scheduled class for P.E. make-ups.
o Students must obtain a pass from the physical education instructor prior to study hall in order to make up a class.
o Make-ups that occur during a student’s study hall period must coincide with the teacher’s ability to supervise the make-up period.
o One (1) study hall period is equivalent to one (1) physical education class.
Fitness Centero Supervised physical activity is available in the fitness after the regular school day.
o Thirty minutes (30) of approved activity is equivalent to one (1) physical education class.
o Students must be registered on the sign-in sheet and the fitness center supervisor must sign the Physical Education Make-Up Form.
o Activities in the fitness center must occur during regularly scheduled hours of operation.o Hours of operation (subject to change) for the fitness center are as follows:
§ Monday-Thursday 3:00-8:00
§ Friday 3:00-5:00§ Saturday 9:00-12:00o Proper athletic attire must be worn while in the fitness center – jeans, pants, or shorts with rivets or any kind of metal are not permitted.
Swimming Poolo Opportunities for swimming make-ups will be scheduled by the instructor for a minimum of three sessions during the semester.
o Dates will be posted in advance for swimming make-up sessions.
o Students should report to the swimming pool immediately after dismissal from school to begin make-up sessions for swimming.
o Students arriving late for a scheduled swimming make-up session may be required to attend a session on a later date.
o Students must arrange for transportation upon the conclusion of swimming make-up sessions. Please use the pool entrance.
o Students should plan for a minimum of thirty (30) minutes of activity in the water.
o Make-up sessions at the swimming pool are conducted for at least one hour; therefore, students who have more than one swimming make-up can stay to complete at least two swimming classes.o Teacher-supervised make-up sessions will be scheduled as needed to accommodate activity requirements missed during regular physical education classes.
o Students will be permitted to re-test or make-up any of the Presidential Physical Fitness tests during instructor supervised make-up sessions.
o Make-up sessions will begin immediately after dismissal from school and be conducted for at least one hour.
o Dates and location for make-up sessions will be announced in advance.
o Locations for make-up sessions could include gymnasiums in the Middle School/High School complex, athletic fields, track, or the stadium/field house complex.
o Transportation for students must be provided at the conclusion of the make-up sessions.
o Thirty (30) minutes of activity is equivalent to one (1) physical education class.
Every effort will be made to correctly record attendance on a daily basis.
Any discrepancies in recorded attendance should be reported immediately.