New PE Waiver Information
To graduate from Seattle Public Schools, 1.5 credits of Physical Education(PE) are required. In some instances, the PE requirement can be waived instead of taking PE classes. In order to be in compliance with Seattle Public Schools PE waiver policy, Roosevelt will be adjusting the PE Waiver process. This adjustment will be taking place beginning with the Winter sports season 2022-23. All student athletes that participated in a Fall sport or students completing 80 hours of a sport of activity outside of school during 1st semester, can still have a semester of PE waived. Moving forward, these are the reasons for waivers along with when during a student’s high school career that PE credit can be waived…
Physical Disability – Attach verification from the IEP, doctor or health care professional indicating that participation in a PE class will be detrimental to student’s health and that this will hold true for all 4 years of high school. Physical Disability waivers can be used at any point 9th – 12th grade.
Religious Belief – The student’s religion stipulates against participation in physical education. Verification from student’s religious leader is required. Religious Belief waivers can be used at any point 9th – 12th grade.
Directed Athletics – Participation in Seattle School District extra-curricular athletic programs requires a coach’s verification. Participation in community-based organized athletics requires a weekly log documenting a minimum of 80 hours (during the semester that the student requests the waiver- summers do not count) of regular workouts, practices, and competitions. This no longer can be automatically entered by RHS at the end of the sports season. Parent/Guardian and the coach’s verification are required. It will be the students responsibility to obtain the form and route it for the various signatures prior to turning it in. Directed Athletic waivers can be used beginning 2nd semester of 11th grade(5 semesters of high school completed).
Other Good Cause (academic waiver) – This would typically be having a full academic course load and no room in the schedule for taking a PE course. Be aware that filling a schedule with semester electives does not equate to a full schedule and no room to take PE. It will need to be shown that electives chosen instead of PE fit into an academic plan for beyond high school. Other Good Cause waivers can be used beginning 2nd semester of 11th grade(5 semesters of high school completed)