Explaining the PE Waiver System
MASON KERN/Sports Editor
There are a plethora of young athletes stuck in the physical education system who crave to escape. Because of this, Poway High School has implemented the PE waiver system to help those people who are already in a junior varsity level sport complete other electives of their choice other than PE. But not all of these athletes understand the process of how to acquire one of these waivers; the answer is located in our Registrar’s office
The PE waiver system aims to help students who are enrolled in physical education to receive their credits by playing the sports in which they are already a part of. As the sports seasons heat up, it is important that young athletes meet the deadline of the PE waiver to escape the horror of the daily activities associated with physical education. Registrar Tania Rowe explains how it works:
“The PE waiver is used for students who are participating in CIF sports. What it does is when you complete a season of CIF sports you can waive five credits of PE. Now that doesn’t make those credits go away, you still need 230 credits to graduate, but instead of taking PE, which is a state requirement, because you’ve done a CIF sport we allow you to take something in place of that. Because the graduation requirement is two completed years of physical education, the PE waiver comes in handy for young athletes.
However, some students within the school have voiced confusion over how the system works. The rules and regulations associated with the PE waiver are vast because students are required to be at least a sophomore in high school, and be on a junior varsity level sports team, along with other prerequisites.
Because of this, many students do not bother obtaining one which they deserve because they do not want to deal with the process, “I think a lot of people get confused and eventually disregard this great resource, it really is a shame,” senior Connor Lynch said.
In response to the concern, the school board was clear and concise, and hopefully their answer will clear the air for those who are considering achieving the waiver.
“You can’t have PE on your schedule and waive it at the same time, so freshmen are not eligible. And seniors, we don’t allow to do it in their second semester because if they get injured they can’t complete their sport and then they just wouldn’t graduate because they got injured whereas if you’re in PE and you get injured you can provide a doctor’s note and still pass the class,” Rowe said.
Overall the system seeks to improve the lives of the student body and make it easier for athletes to graduate without having to deal with the struggle that is the public physical education system.