Policy IHAEA: Physical Education for Athletes in Grades 11 and 12

  Any athlete in grades 11 or 12 who feels a need for additional studytime during the school day should discuss the matter with his/herPhysical Education instructor. If it is determined that there is agenuine need, and that the student will use this time wisely, a scheduleof additional study time will be devised that is mutually agreeable tothe student and the instructor. It will include the amount of studytime (not to exceed three, 45-minute periods in the eight-day cycle) andthe study location in the school building. Additionally, the athletemust be in attendance at the beginning of every physical educationclass, from which a pass will be provided to the study location on theappropriate days, and that he/she must demonstrate mastery of skills andknowledge of information taught in PE class. The study schedule willbe in effect for the length of the athletic season as long as theathlete is in good standing; failure to be in attendance at the assignedstudy area will result in termination of the study schedule and areturn to all physical education classes.

Rationale: All teachers are sensitive to the academic needs ofstudents. Physical Education instructors, all of whom have participatedin interscholastic and/or collegiate athletics, are aware of the timeconstraints experienced by student athletes. We have historically beenflexible in our expectations regarding time spent in classparticipation.

Successful achievement in an extensive academic schedule is a difficulttask made more difficult by participation in an athletic program or anyother extracurricular activity. Should the student intend toparticipate in athletics we suggest the following: including a studyhall in the daily schedule; prioritizing all family, academic, athletic,work, and social commitments; using time after school and beforepractice for study or homework; discussing modifications in the athleticcommitment with the coach as needed; and seeking assistance fromcounselors and teachers regarding completion of academic tasks.

In reality, most students perform better academically during theathletic season than they do out of season. Balancing academics andathletics is not an easy task, but through the combined effort ofstudents, parents, teachers, counselors, and coaches, the athlete canachieve successfully in both areas.

Region Voted to Approve: 10/8/96
Amherst Voted to Approve:
Pelham Voted to Approve:
Effective Date: 10/8/96