Why is physical activity required?

According to Senate Bill 530: Physical Activity Requirements for public school students, "...beginning with the 2008-2009 school year, students in grades six through eight will be required to participate in daily physical activity for at least thirty minutes for at least four semesters during those grade levels."

How does SB 530 affect my student?

In LISD, students will be required to participate in Physical Education class (or its equivalent) for two years during their middle school years. Due to curriculum covered, all sixth graders are required to participate in an HMS Physical Education class.

What is Off-Campus Physical Education (OCPE)?

Starting Spring 2018, any 6th, 7th, or 8th grade student can apply for Off Campus PE (OCPE) by completing the form (see link below) or obtaining application documentation from the guidance office from Ms. Wright. OCPE programs may be conducted off campus; however, they must be all-year programs, not seasonal league sports or activities. Students seeking to satisfy this requirement through their participation in extra-curricular activities with a moderate or vigorous physical activity component can do so with proof of participation.

What are the different categories for OCPE?

Category I:
Olympic-level participation and/or competition includes 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. Students dismissed may not miss any class other than physical education.

Category II:
Private or commercially-sponsored physical activities include those certified by the superintendent to be of high quality and well supervised by appropriately trained instructors. Student participation of at least 5 hours per week must be required. Students certified to participate at this level may not be dismissed from any part of the regular school day.

Who is an approved vendor?

Applications for OCPE will not be accepted without using a vendor/instructor from the approved list. 

District Approved Vendor List

What if my provider is not an approved vendor?

If a student is applying for OCPE and is using a vendor that is not on the list, it will be the student and the instructor's responsibility to become an approved provider of OCPE. This process will not be initiated by the district. 

Agency Application


Who determines if my student is approved for OCPE?

Approval for students who may be applying for a Category I or Category II PE waiver will be determined by Kim Davies, the Coordinator of Health and PE.  Forms must be submitted through the campus counselor.