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PK - 4th Grade Non-Participation in Class / Activities

            Recess—All students are expected to participate in recess each day.  Recess will be held outdoors on all days in which weather permits.  Therefore, students should dress appropriately on all days as they will be expected to go outside with their class.  Students not participating may bring a note from home or their physician.  Our school policy only allows a student to use a note from home for three (3) school days after which time a parental note should be replaced with a doctor’s note.  Any student missing physical education, for any reason, will not be permitted to participate in recess activities.  He/She will go outside for recess and may be an observer, but may not participate in recess activities.  Parents need to communicate any recess excuse to both the school nurse and the classroom teacher.  Parents who wish to discuss a particular situation may contact their student’s classroom teacher.

            Physical Education—As a vital part of our curriculum, all students are required to participate in physical education.  To be excused from participating, a student MUST have a doctor’s note stating why he/she cannot participate and for how long the student will be excused.  If a student is injured and is waiting to go to a doctor, a parental note may be used.  However, a parental note will only be good for one day.  The student MUST have a doctor’s note to continue to be excused from physical education class.  Any student with an excused absence/non-participation day in physical education is not permitted to participate in active extracurricular functions.  This includes sports, camps, bowling, intramural athletics and travel sports teams.  Please keep in mind that teachers are not physicians.  When notes are being written to our teachers, be specific.  The note must contain a stop and start date for the restrictions.  Terms such as “limited activity, some activity, not too much activity, and do what they feel like” are very ambiguous and open to varied interpretation.  Therefore, any notes which are not specific will be interpreted as no physical activity.  Students who physically do not participate in physical education class will be responsible for everything taught on an informational/knowledge/intellectual basis.  However, a student must also participate to earn at least a satisfactory grade in physical education.  Prolonged absence from physical education, without a doctor’s excuse, could jeopardize the student’s grade.  Therefore, all communication for excused participation from physical education should be made with the physical education teacher.  Parents who wish to discuss a particular situation may contact their student’s physical education teacher.

            After School Activities—Any student who is ill and has either not attended school or has been sent home sick from school may not participate in any after-school activities until symptom free for twenty-four (24) hours.  In order to participate in any extra-curricular or after school activity, a student must be in attendance at school a minimum of one half day on the day of the event.

Participation in hands-on science is important to learning science, and students are encouraged to participate in dissection activities that are part of the curriculum.  Schools will provide alternative activities for students who have objections to animal dissections. 

CLASSROOM PROCEDURES FOR DISSECTION ACTIVITIES—When dissection is used in the classroom:  Teachers will thoroughly explain the learning objectives of the lesson; All specimens will be treated with respect; All students will be informed prior to the dissection that they have the option of discussing individual concerns about dissection with their teacher; Upon completion of the dissection, the remains will be appropriately disposed of as recommended by the local board of public health.

PROCEDURES FOR STUDENTS REQUESTING AN ALTERNATIVE TO DISSECTION—When dissection is part of the curriculum, schools will provide alternative activities for students who object to dissections.  Expectations for student learning is the same for students who participate in dissections and those who opt for an alternative to dissection. The procedure and expectations for a student requesting an alternative to dissection is as follows:  At least one week prior to the dissection activity, a student’s parent or guardian will submit in writing a request for an alternative to dissection; The teacher will determine an acceptable alternative to dissection and will specify in writing what is expected of the student. Alternative to dissection activities will allow students to gain the same content knowledge as a dissection activity and will require a comparable investment of time and effort by the student; The student will complete the alternative activity within the assigned time and will be expected to learn the same content knowledge as if the student performed the dissection activity; The student will be subject to the same course standards and assessments as other students in the class.


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Hamilton Southeastern Schools, as a forward-thinking school district, provides educational opportunities to ensure the success of each and every student, to become a responsible citizen and to positively influence an ever-changing world community.