Scarsdale High School Physical Education
If a student is legally absent from their scheduled Physical Education class, he/she has an opportunity to make up the class. Students can schedule a make-up class by going to the MAKE-UP tab above and signing up during one of their free periods. If a student’s weekly class schedule does not coincide with an available class taught be their teacher, then they need to sign-up by specifiying their free periods. They will be contacted for an available class. Legal absences include an excused absence from school or a school field trip. Under no circumstances can an illegal absence be made up for credit. Students have 10 days from the date of absence to make up a class.
In the event that a student is restricted from physical activity, the student must bring in a letter from his/her doctor indicating the physical limitations and the period of time that he/she must adhere to these limitations. This doctor’s note should be given directly to the nurse. The nurse will then give the student a form to hand to their Physical Education teacher so that the teacher can modify this student’s class activities. Under New York State Regulations, physicians must indicate the areas in which a student may participate. All students on a medical modification program MUST attend class and take part in teacher-modified activities.
In the event that there is a complete restriction in regards to physical activity, the student must complete weekly written assignments in addition to attending classes. If the complete medical restriction exceeds 5 weeks in length in any given academic quarter, the student will be withdrawn from the course and will need to be re-enrolled in a future quarter when participation is permitted.
When attending Physical Education classes, it is important that students are dressed appropriately for safe participation in class activities. Appropriate attire includes wind pants, sweatpants, or athletic shorts and sneakers. Denim shorts and pants are not appropriate for physical activity. Unprepared students cannot participate in class activities, and therefore their participation grade will be affected. These students may choose to participate in a make-up class in order to restore lost participation points.
Athletic Exemption Eligibility & Independent Study
There are only two instances when Scarsdale High School students are excused from taking physical education as part of their academic day.
The first of these are known as an athletic exemption. The requirement for this exemption is as follows;
Student must be in grades 10–12 and on the rosterof a Scarsdale High School team.
SHS Athletic Exemptions may be taken in the following manner:
May be exempt after successful completion of fitnessgram for the remainder of 1st quarter.
May choose either 2nd or 3rdquarters.
2nd quarter after roster has been submitted. Please note if an athlete’s status on the team changes before theend of the season, the unit must be repeated.
4th quarter after rosters have been submitted.
Please note that no other type of athletic endeavors qualifies for an athletic exemption!
Grading for the athletic exemption is based on participation and in demonstration of sportsmanship throughout the season. Athletes missing more than 5 practices or contest will be ineligible to maintain their exemption.
TO APPLY FOR A SHS ATHLETIC EXEMPTION PLEASE CLICK ----> 1st Quarter Athletic Exemption Request
Independent study is the second instance where a SHS studentmay be excused from taking physical education as part of their academic day.Only 3 units (three quarters) may be taken during thestudent’s 10th – 12th grade course of study. The requirements forindependent study are as follows;
Grading is based on participation in the activity, documentation of such participation and a final project detailing the learningoutcomes of the course.
Once again Independent Study isonly for an educational course.Training, practices, contests of any nature do not qualify for independentstudy. The course being applied for cannot be one that is taught at Scarsdale High School or any variation thereof.
TO APPLY FOR AN INDEPENDENT STUDY COURSE please click ------> Independent Study Request