Off-Campus Physical Education Program

PROGRAM FORMS
Approved Off Campus PE List 
Student Application for Off Campus PE

HIGH SCHOOL FORMS JUNIOR SCHOOL FORMS
HS Waiver Info for Parents  JS Waiver Info for Parents
HS Waiver Info for Vendors  JS Waiver Info for Vendors
HS Request for Substitution PE  JS PE Substitution Form

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Purpose of the Off-Campus Physical Education (OCPE) Program:
The purpose of the OCPE Program is to accommodate students who are making a serious effort to develop higher-level skills in a specific activity that exceed what the school district can offer through the general physical education program. The OCPE Program allows students in 7th through 12th grades to earn credits that meet the district and state physical education requirements. Students will be expected to be physically educated, along with being physically active. They will be expected to show accountability of skill development, learned physical activity and health concepts and social development through participation in their selected physical activity and written and tested assignments that are based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Physical Education.

Description of the Off-Campus Physical Education Program
The OCPE Program is a partnership between the Alamo Heights Independent School District and approved off-campus agencies that provide activities such as: Dance, Diving, Equestrian, Gymnastics, Swimming and Tennis. Only practice hours may count towards the state required time. Game days and competitions will not count toward the total weekly participation hours. Agencies must provide an alternative place of instruction during inclement weather. The Physical Education Department will be responsible for supervising the OCPE Program standards to ensure that each student receives a quality, off-campus physical education experience.

Students may participate in one of two different categories, Category I or Category II, depending on the nature of the request. Please below for complete description.

Middle School Students
Students in 7th or 8th grade may participate during one semester per grade level in Category II only. Middle School students are not permitted to leave campus during the school day to participate in OCPE.

High School Students
High school students may participate in either Category I or Category II. Beginning with the 2014-2015 School year and future years, High School students approved for Category II level may earn 0.5 credits per semester for a total of 1.0 credit (2 semesters) toward their high school graduation physical education requirement. High School students approved for Category I level may earn up to a total of 4.0 credits (8 semesters). This total includes their high school graduation physical education requirement (1.0 credit) and up to 3.0 credits for the state elective credits.  Students may not be enrolled in OCPE and any other general Physical Education class or Physical Education substitution (Athletics) at the same time.

Middle and High School Students
In order for a waiver to be granted, AHISD will follow the guidelines set by the law as stated in Texas Administrative Code (TAC) §74.11(d)(7)(C). The term “appropriate” implies, among other things, that the substitute activity is in congruence with the Physical Education Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) as closely as possible, if not above, and beyond the rigor of the standards.

Category I: Participation and/or competition include a minimum of 15 hours per week of highly intensive, professional, supervised training. The training facility, instructors, and the activities involved in the program must be certified by the superintendent to be of exceptional quality. Students qualifying and participating at this level may be dismissed from school one hour per day and may not miss any class other than physical education.

In the event a Category I OCPE student is absent from school (a maximum of five school days per school year) due to state and national competition, the District shall make no distinction between absences for UIL activities and absences for Category I OCPE activities.

Category II: Participation includes a minimum of 5 hours per week at a private or commercially-sponsored agency that provides physical activities which include those certified by the superintendent to be of high quality and well supervised by appropriately trained instructors. Students certified to participate at this level may not be dismissed from any part of the regular school day.

STUDENT APPLICATION PROCEDURE

1. Students will be scheduled for Physical Education classes based on their physical education requirement needs until OCPE Program approval has been granted.
2. Students may obtain the OCPE Program Application in the counselor’s office or on the AHISD website at www.ahisd.net.
3. Students must take the Application to the Agency to have the OCPE Coordinator sign the Application. Agencies MUST be on AHISD’s Approved Agency List (accessible at www.ahisd.net).
4. Students must provide the OCPE Agency Coordinator with their student identification number, counselor name and contact information, including phone number, fax number and email address.
5. Students must obtain their school counselor’s signature on the OCPE Program Application.
6. Counselors will conference with students to discuss graduation requirements and scheduling needs, and will communicate that students will stay enrolled in the appropriate PE class, if necessary, until the campus principal, or designee either approves or denies the student’s application.
7. Parents, students and OCPE Agency will keep a copy of this Application for their records.
8. The OCPE Program Application must be received at the campus counselor by email, mail, fax or hand delivery before or on the FIRST DAY OF EACH SEMESTER BY MIDNIGHT. Deadlines will be strictly enforced. (Note: This is the responsibility of the student/parent.)
9. After Applications are reviewed, confirmation emails will be sent to students’ counselors. Counselors will then notify students and make appropriate schedule changes.
10. A new OCPE Program Application must be submitted each school year.

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