Oklahoma City, OK asked in Education Law for Oklahoma

Q: Is it possible to have my child be exempt from P.E. class?

She is a straight A. student but lacks athletic ability so it causes other kids to not want to include her and get made fun of so she doesnt like school anymore. P.E. class shouldnt cause kids to feel this way. I dont see this class being necessary for her. She is in 5th grade and has loved school every year. This year she has a different P.E. teacher and she doesnt even want to go to school now because of the issues the class is causing for her. She cried in my arms last night because she gets picked last for teams because of her lack of athletic ability. The teacher should recognize the issues that his methods are causing. My child has a bright future and P.E. has no value for her. She exercises at home.

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Kimberly Winslow
Kimberly Winslow
  • Education Law Lawyer
  • Natick, MA

A: Federal law does not require public schools to provide physical education, but many states do. Below is from 2010, so guidance may have changed. https://www.shapeamerica.org/advocacy/son/2010/upload/Oklahoma-profile.pdf

"Oklahoma mandates at least 60 minutes of physical education per week in grades K-5 plus an additional 60 minutes of physical activity... The state also requires middle school/junior high and high schools to provide physical education to all students, which may include athletics. These mandates are enforced through annual accreditation reporting."

I recommend contacting the principal and/or guidance counselor to talk about this issue and how they may best support your daughter.

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