Students who have difficulty fitting physical education into their schedule and are carrying a full course load of six credits each semester may apply for a waiver from the wellness credit of the physical education requirement. This waiver requires the prior approval by the Principal and final approval by the School Board. The waiver is not an alternative way to earn credit for physical education; it is an exemption from the .5 credit. A student getting the waiver must take six classes during the regular school day for each year of high school. This is the basic test for not having time to meet the physical education requirement.
To apply for the waiver the student must meet with their counselor, complete the proper forms and gain the Principal’s approval in advance of starting the physical fitness option selected. The completion of the physical fitness option will be fully monitored for compliance. As a student who has been approved for this option completes the second semester of the senior year, all criteria will be verified by the Principal. The name of the student applying for waiver will be submitted to the School Board for final approval. Only the Board can ultimately waive a graduation requirement. If the student does an alternative activity and does not take the required full load of classes, the waiver will be denied by the School Board. This could result in a student not graduating on time. Careful planning for meeting this option is required.
Students who are engaged in a rigorous course of study and carry a full course load of 24 credits over four years may apply for an exception from the second semester of physical education with the following conditions:
- Student maintains a full course load of six classes per semester each year.
- Student participates in and completes a sanctioned Minnetonka High School athletic activity (includes interscholastic or intramural sports); or participates in another physical fitness plan as approved by the Principal.
- Time spent participating in the fitness activity must be equivalent to that of a typical semester class.
- No credit will be awarded.
- No grades will be given for the activity.
- Principal’s prior approval must be granted before the student engages in the fitness activity.
- The alternative activity may be completed any time during high school.
- Approval for an exemption must be submitted to the Principal no later than the last day of the first semester of the senior year.