High School Sports Should Count as PE Credit for Lake Washington School District
Right now many students spend hundreds of hours outside of school playing sports. They sacrifice a lot of time and put forth great amounts of effort to excel in their sport. However, they are still required by district policy to take three semesters of PE during their four years in high school. This wastes time that athletes could be using to take other interesting classes or studying for core classes and major tests. In order to help athletes handle their classes in school and participate in athletics outside of school, student athletes should be allowed to waive two semesters of PE. To waive one semester of PE they must participate in a season of high school athletics, attend at least 80% of the practices, get a signature from their coach signifying that they put in a significant amount of effort, and complete a reflection at the end of the season to show what they learned from that season of their chosen sport. Student athletes will still be required to take the freshmen physical education and health courses, and the only classes that can be waived are the two semesters of PE that are currently needed in addition to those freshmen courses. Individuals that do not participate in school sports will still be required to take the full three semesters of PE to fulfill the graduation requirements. Student athletes may still take PE classes if they chose to. This petition does not apply for elementary or middle school PE credits and is only applicable to high schools within the Lake Washington School District's boundaries.