Physical Activity Requirements

Elementary School

The district will ensure that students in full-day PreK through 5th grade engage in moderate or vigorous physical activity for at least 30 minutes per day or 135 minutes per week.

Junior High/Middle School

The district will ensure that students in middle or junior high school will engage in 30 minutes of moderate or vigorous physical activity per day for at least four semesters.

Physical Fitness Assessment

Annually, the district will conduct a physical fitness assessment of students in grades 3-12 who are enrolled in a physical education course or a course for which physical education credit is awarded.

At the end of the school year, a parent may submit a written request to obtain the results of his or her child’s physical fitness assessment conducted during the school year by contacting Kathy Kuchler, District Nurse.

Temporary Restriction

Temporary Restriction from Participation in Physical Education

Please notify your student's campus nurse of any temporary restrictions and provide a note. Parental notes are accepted for up to 3 days. After 3 days of sitting out of physical education, a physician or other licensed healthcare provider's note is required.

Any student who is not participating in PE will also not be permitted to participate in recess, due to equal risk of injuring themselves further.

If your student has been hospitalized, a note from your student’s physician stating the return to school date and any limitations required is needed. If your student has an injury requiring interventions, such as surgery, cast, crutches, wheelchairs, etc., then a physician’s note prescribing the activities the student is or is not allowed to do is required. This helps us provide the safest learning environment for your student.

Per the Texas Administrative Code and the IISD Handbook, students who are temporarily restricted from participation in physical education will not actively participate in skill demonstrations but will remain in class to learn the concepts of the lessons.

Athletic Physicals

For certain extracurricular activities, a student must submit certification from an authorized health-care provider. The certification must state that the student has been examined and is physically able to participate in the relevant program, including:

  • A district athletics program

  • District marching band

  • Any district extracurricular program identified by the superintendent

This examination is required in the first year of middle school competition and the first and third years of high school competition (7th, 9th, and 11th grade). During the alternate years, the student must complete a medical appraisal form, and the results of this appraisal may prompt the district to require a physical examination.

Students should be aware of the rare possibility of sudden cardiac arrest, which in athletes is usually caused by a previously unsuspected heart disease or disorder. A student may request an electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) to screen for such disorders, in addition to his or her required physical examination.

Click here for information from UIL regarding sudden cardiac death.

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