General Information

    • Students will be scheduled into modified PE in cases of physical limitations or will have their regular PE classes modified.  This is done by a medical doctor’s written recommendation through the Health Office.  If the doctor’s recommendation is such that the student’s participation in his/her assigned PE class is less than 50% of the semester, then the student shall receive a medical credit for the PE quarter/semester grade.  Once the medical condition no longer prohibits a student from participating in his/her PE class, the student is expected to fulfill all of the class expectations and requirements including but not limited to attendance, participation, etc.  
    • Freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors are required to be enrolled in PE each semester excluding 1 semester of health during sophomore year.
    • Freshmen and sophomores enrolled in Dance Studies 1 and 2 must also be enrolled in PE during the same semester.  They do not replace nor fulfill the PE requirement.
    • Dance Studies 1, 2, and 3 may only be taken for CR/NC when taken as a Creative Arts graduation requirement and/or when taken in addition to Physical Education.
    • Dance Studies 2 & 3, when taken at North Campus, fulfill the PE requirement.
    • Exercise Physiology and Applied Personal Fitness, when taken at North Campus, fulfill the PE requirement.
    • Applied Personal Fitness and Dance Studies 3 may be repeated. 

Swimming

  • If there is a medical reason for not being able to participate in aquatic activities, a medical doctor’s note must be on file in the Health Office prior to the fall semester of the student’s freshman year. A new note is required at the beginning of each year.

    When this procedure is followed, the student will be allowed to select a block of PE activities which does not contain aquatics.  If a note is not brought to school prior to registration of PE elective programs (beginning of each semester), the student will remain with the assigned aquatic’s class.

Junior and Senior PE Exemption/Waiver Options

  • Students in grades 11 and 12 may request  waivers from PE under the following guidelines.
    • At the time of application for a PE waiver, each student must be up-to-date in PE credits.  Each request for exemption from PE will be verified and eligibility determined on a case-by-case basis by school staff in accordance with established administrative guidelines.  Every student excused from PE will be provided with a full day (periods 1-10) schedule at LTHS without a study hall.
    A. A senior may request an exemption from PE (second semester) to take an academic class required for admission to a specific institution by following these procedures.
    1. The student must have appropriate credentials (grades and test scores) to qualify for admission to the requested school.
    2. The student must have a full day schedule at LTHS (periods 1-10) without a study hall).
    3. Other elective classes not required for graduation nor admission to a specific institution must be dropped to provide room for the required classes before a PE waiver will be considered.
    4. The student must verify that the course is required for admission by submitting a letter and the institution catalog requirement statement, and the student must appear to be otherwise admissible to that college/university in the judgment of LT staff.
    5. The student must have a completed college/university application on file with the counselor including a check for the application fee.
    6. A student requesting a waiver in this case will be asked to complete the waiver request form available from the class counselor.  The request will be reviewed by the class counselor and division chair of PE and acted upon by the principal.
    7. Under this exemption, any student dropping or losing any class during his/her school day will necessitate an immediate return to PE.
    B. A senior may request an exemption from PE in order to meet graduation requirements, except the PE requirement, by following these procedures within established deadlines for schedule changes.
    1. The student will submit to the counselor a request for a PE waiver with a well-defined need and a plan clearly outlined to complete graduation requirements.
        a. Well-defined need shall be interpreted as students who are, as a result of class failure, behind in obtaining credits toward graduation.
        b. Other options, including summer school and extension courses, must be a part of the plan.
        c. The plan must provide that the student will be eligible to graduate with his/her class or by the summer school session immediately following his/her class’ graduation.
    2. The student must plan a full schedule at LTHS (periods 1-10) without a study halls.
    3. Other elective classes not needed for meeting minimum graduation credits must be dropped to provide room for the required classes before a PE waiver will be considered.
    4. The student, except for a transfer student, must have all the PE credits required for his/her status (i.e., an entering junior must have earned 1-1/2 credits of PE and 1/2 credit of Health).  Fifth year students who have met PE requirements are not required to enroll in PE.  A previously granted waiver will count toward the PE graduation requirement.
    5. Students requesting waivers in this case will be asked to complete the waiver request form available from the class counselor.  The request will be reviewed by the class counselor and division chair of PE and acted upon by the principal.
    6. Under this exemption, any student dropping or losing any class during the school day will necessitate an immediate return to PE.
    C. A junior or senior, who participates in an interscholastic athletic program (School Code of Illinois does not include performing groups), may request a waiver from PE under one of two options.  In the event that a student exercising one of these options returns to PE within a semester for any reason, and for 50% or more of the semester, he/she will be assigned a grade for the full semester and granted full credit.  The student must have a full schedule (periods 1-10) without a study hall for any of the 2 options.
    Option 1: Semester or Full-Year Course
    Junior and senior athletes may elect an additional credit class in lieu of PE during the semester(s) in which they are participating in interscholastic athletic competition. Junior and senior athletes may elect a year-long course in place of PE, provided that there are no other semester elective courses, other than those required for graduation, in their schedules. Verification of participation or potential participation will be made by the athletic director and the varsity coach of the sport in question. Not going out or being dropped from the athletic team will result in the immediate return to the PE class, and a grade of “W” will be assigned to the additional course.  To exercise this option, the student- athlete will be asked to complete the necessary approval form available from his/her counselor prior to registration.
    Option 2: Athletic Study Hall 
    Junior and senior athletes involved in regular interscholastic competition will be offered the option of electing a study hall in lieu of their PE classes (seasonal PE waiver) during the season of athletic participation. To be eligible for this option, students will register for and report to their assigned PE classes.
      
    If students participate in an IHSA interscholastic sport for more than 50% of the semester, they will receive credit but not an academic grade for their assigned PE classes for the quarter/semester.  Credit will be assigned in these situations provided students fulfill all of the class expecta tions and requirements for their assigned PE classes upon returning to those classes.
     
    If students participate in an IHSA interscholastic sport for 50% or less of the semester, they will receive credit for the portion of the PE class time while they participated in the interscholastic sport, but they will receive a grade based on the remaining units of their assigned PE classes. Credits and final semester grades in these situations will be assigned provided students fulfill all of the class expectations and requirements for their assigned PE classes upon returning to those classes.

Physical Education Make-up

  • Lyons Township High School requires the successful completion of  7 semesters of Physical Education and 1 semester of Health Education in order to graduate and to receive a high school diploma.

    Students who fail a semester of Physical Education and/or Health Education are required to make-up the failed course during the semester immediately following the failure.  In this way, students will be able to complete graduation requirements in a timely manner.