California - Adaptive PE: Standards

Policy Type: 
statute; regulation

State law addresses making PE inclusive, including adapted PE or accommodations when necessary.

California Education Code 56031.

(a) "Special education,” in accordance with Section 1401 (29) of Title 20 of the United States Code, means specially designed instruction, at no cost to the parent, to meet the unique needs of individuals with exceptional needs, including instruction conducted in the classroom, in the home, in hospitals and institutions, and other settings, and instruction in physical education.
(b) In accordance with Section 300.39 of Title 34 of the Code of Federal Regulations, special education includes each of the following, if the services otherwise meet the requirements of subdivision (a):

  • (1) Speech-language pathology services, or any other designated instruction and service or related service, pursuant to Section 56363, if the service is considered special education rather than a designated instruction and service or related service under state standards.
  • (2) Travel training.
  • (3) Vocational education.

California Education Code 56363.

(b) These [designated instructions and related] services may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • (1) Language and speech development and remediation. The language and speech development and remediation services may be provided by a speech-language pathology assistant as defined in subdivision (i) of Section 2530.2 of the Business and Professions Code.
  • (2) Audiological services.
  • (3) Orientation and mobility services.
  • (4) Instruction in the home or hospital.
  • (5) Adapted physical education.
  • (6) Physical and occupational therapy.

5 CA ADC § 3051.5

(a) Adapted physical education is for individuals with exceptional needs who require developmental or corrective instruction and who are precluded from participation in the activities of the general physical education program, modified general physical education program, or in a specially designed physical education program in a special class. Consultative services may be provided to pupils, parents, teachers, or other school personnel for the purpose of identifying supplementary aids and services or modifications necessary for successful participation in the regular "D" Physical education program or specially designed physical education programs.
Source: California Office of Administrative Law

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