Students who participate in co-curricular activities at Greendale High School may be able to start using their activities to forego some of their physical education requirements.
The Greendale School Board is considering allowing students to allow juniors and seniors who participate in co-curricular activities as a substitute to 0.5 credits of physical education. The substitution can only be used for one semester per school year by the students.
School board Vice-President Tom Slota said he wanted to make sure students were not allowed to opt out of swimming classes. Administrators said swimming is taught as part of freshman physical education and those students would not be allowed to use the substitution with the new policy.
“I want to make sure everyone understands that it’s important to learn how to swim,” Slota said.
Students who opt to use the substitution won’t see a decrease in the amount of education they receive, as the proposal also complete 90 hours of documented activity, fitness testing, complete a reflection assignment and they must take an additional 0.5 credits of math, science, social studies or English beyond the minimum graduation requirements set forth by the district.
The board is also considering a proposal to increase the amount of math and science students will need to take in order to graduate as well.
According to the proposal, incoming freshmen for the 2013-14 school year would need to take 3 credits of science and three credits of math, which is an increase of 1 credit in each subject.
The board will need to do a second reading of both proposals before they take a vote of approval, but they said they plan to do so before students begin to pick classes for next year so they can plan accordingly.