PTHS Student Handbook 2020-2021


If you are on an extended medical (3 or more days) you will continue to report to your Physical Education class. In lieu of your participation you will be required to complete written assessments, research paper or an activity allowed by your physician. Completion of these alternative assignments will count towards the student’s participation grade. It is imperative that you take responsibility and the initiative to communicate with your P.E. instructor when the need for a medical excuse from physical education arises. The failure to follow the medical procedure could result in the loss of credit. All students enrolled in physical education are required to wear any PTHS or LACC shirt (any athletic shorts regardless of color). Physical education shirts may be purchased at school through the physical education staff or various clothing stores throughout the community. EXEMPTION FROM PHYSICAL EDUCATION In order to be excused from participation in physical education, a student must present an appropriate excuse from his or her parent/guardian or from a person licensed under the Medical Practice Act. The excuse may be based on medical or religious prohibitions. An excuse because of medical reasons must include a signed statement from a person licensed under the Medical Practice Act that corroborates the medical reason for the request. An excuse based on religious reasons must include a signed statement from a member of the clergy that corroborates the religious reason for the request. A student in grades 9-12 may submit a written request to the building principal requesting to be excused from physical education courses for the reasons stated below. 1. Enrollment in a marching band program for credit; 2. Enrollment in Reserve Officer’s Training Corps (ROTC) program sponsored by the District; 3. Ongoing participation in an interscholastic athletic program; 4. Enrollment in academic classes that are required for admission to an institution of higher learning (student must be in the 11th or 12th grade); or 5. Enrollment in academic classes that are required for graduation from high school, provided that failure to take such classes will result in the student being unable to graduate (student must be in the 11th or 12th grade). Students with an Individualized Education Program may also be excused from physical education courses for reasons stated in Handbook. Special activities in physical education will be provided for a student who’s physical or emotional condition, as determined by a person licensed under the Medical Practices Act, prevents his or her participation in the physical education course. State law prohibits the School District from honoring parental excuses based upon a student’s participation in athletic training, activities, or competitions conducted outside the auspices of the School District. Students who have been excused from physical education shall return to the course as soon as practical. The following considerations will be used to determine when a student shall return to a physical education course: 1. The time of year when the student’s participation ceases; 2. The student’s class schedule; and 3. The student’s future or planned additional participation in activities qualifying for substitutions for physical education, as outlined above

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