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District 225 PE Class Rules & Regulations Summary and School Board Policy Changes

During the summer of 2022, a joint team of physical education teachers and administrators participated in a summer curriculum project with the following goals:

  • Review current practices in both schools;
  • Gather feedback from students and parents;
  • Compare practices of other schools within the Central Suburban League and other surrounding schools; and
  • Recommend possible revisions to current physical education rules and regulations or board policy when appropriate.

Below is a summary of the rules and regulations revisions for PE classes in Glenbrook High School District 225 and the associated policies approved by the school board on Monday, August 22, 2022.

Requirement of Physical Education Enrollment and Participation

Illinois School Code requires that all students enrolled in public schools enroll and participate in a physical education course each semester, unless eligible for an exemption.  These exemptions are outlined in Board Policy 7265 - Exemptions from Physical Education.  This overview is intended to clarify enrollment and participation conditions that apply to all students, and those are specific to an individual student situation.

Physical Education Class Rules and Make-Up Procedures

Glenbrook North and South physical education class rules and procedures are implemented consistently across all classes at both schools. Rules are communicated to students as part of the class syllabus, including detailed student expectations, required activities, and make-up procedures for students who cannot attend class. Students with questions about making up a class should address them with their teacher.

Exemption for Students

Illinois School Code provides physical education exemptions for IHSA student-athletes and marching band students in grades 11 and 12. The code does allow a school to exempt students in grades 9 and 10 from physical education activities on a case-by-case basis.

Exemption for Marching Band Participation

Glenbrook North and Glenbrook South have unique curriculum guides that outline classes available to students based on the interests of each school’s population. Although similar in scope, there are differences in the band courses offered at each school.

Glenbrook South’s band classes with marching in the title include a requirement for students to participate in marching band activities. Students in those classes are eligible to receive a physical education exemption under Illinois School Code.  Glenbrook North’s band classes do not include a requirement for students to participate in marching band activities. For that reason, students enrolled in band at Glenbrook North are not eligible for an exemption.

Students Participating in Non-School-Sponsored Athletic Activities

All students must be enrolled in a physical education course unless they qualify for an exemption. Illinois School Code only authorizes school districts to grant a waiver to students participating in school-sponsored athletic activities.

A student participating in non-school-sponsored athletics may qualify for an approved independent study course to fulfill their physical education requirement if they are an Olympic-level student-athlete who 

  • qualifies or has been selected for any national or junior national team for the International Olympic Committee, or 
  • has been selected to fill a spot and represent Team USA at the Olympic Games based on a set of criteria and standards specific to their sport that requires practice or competitions for a minimum of 5 days a week.

Students interested in pursuing enrollment in an approved independent study course should contact the assistant principal for student services. Staff members will consider student requests on a case-by-case basis.

Students Requiring a Shortened Schedule

If a student requires a shortened daily schedule (e.g., late arrival, early release), they may qualify for an approved independent study course to fulfill their physical education requirement or an exemption from the physical education requirement.

Students interested in pursuing enrollment in an approved independent study course or an exemption due to a shortened schedule should contact the assistant principal for student services. Staff members will consider student requests on a case-by-case basis.

Additional Administrative Support

In the event that a student’s request is denied, they have the ability to request a review of the decision by the Associate Principal for Curriculum and Instruction and/or Principal.