Florida - Adaptive PE: Standards

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

6A-6.03411 Definitions, ESE Policies and Procedures, and ESE Administrators.

(1) Special education means specially designed instruction, at no cost to the parents, to meet the unique needs of a student with a disability, including:

  • a. Instruction conducted in the classroom, in the home, in hospitals and institutions, and in other settings; and,
  • b. Instruction in physical education

6A-6.03411 Definitions, ESE Policies and Procedures, and ESE Administrators.

b. Physical education means the development of physical and motor fitness; fundamental motor skills and patterns; and skills in aquatics, dance, and individual and group games and sports (including intramural and lifetime sports). The term also includes special physical education, adapted physical education, movement education, and motor development.

6A-6.03028 Provision of Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) and Development of Individual Educational Plans for Students with Disabilities.

(s) Physical education. Physical education services, specially designed if necessary, must be made available to every student with a disability receiving FAPE, unless the school district enrolls students without disabilities and does not provide physical education to students without disabilities in the same grades. Each student with a disability must be afforded the opportunity to participate in the regular physical education program available to nondisabled students unless the student is enrolled full time in a separate facility or the student needs specially designed physical education, as prescribed in the student's IEP. If specially designed physical education is prescribed in a student's IEP, the school district responsible for the education of that student must provide the services directly or make arrangements for those services to be provided through other public or private programs. The school district responsible for the education of a student with a disability who is enrolled in a separate facility must ensure that the student receives appropriate physical education services in compliance with this section.

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