Georgia - Adaptive PE: Standards

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regulation; standard

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

Rules and Regulations of the State of Georgia Rule 160-4-7-.02. Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE)


The LEA must ensure that its public schools comply with the following:

  • (a) General. Physical education services, specially designed if necessary, must be made available to every child with a disability receiving FAPE, unless the LEA enrolls children without disabilities and does not provide physical education to children without disabilities in the same grades. [34 C.F.R. § 300.108(a) ]
  • (b) Regular physical education. Each child with a disability must be afforded the opportunity to participate in the regular physical education program available to nondisabled children unless -
    1. The child is enrolled full time in a separate facility; or
    1. The child needs specially designed physical education, as prescribed in the child's IEP. [34 C.F.R. § 300.108(b) ]
  • (c) Special physical education. If specially designed physical education is prescribed in a child's IEP, the LEA responsible for the education of that child must provide the services directly or make arrangements for those services to be provided through other public or private programs. [34 C.F.R. § 300.108(c) ]

Georgia Performance Standards for Physical Education

The IDEA requires that each child with a disability be afforded the opportunity to participate in the regular physical education program available to nondisabled children with specifically designed instruction (adapting, as appropriate, to the needs of the child, the content, methodology, or delivery of instruction) to address the unique needs of the child. Removal of children with disabilities from the general physical education environment occurs only if the nature or severity of the disability is such that education in the regular classes with the use of supplementary aids and services cannot be achieved satisfactorily. At this point, special physical education services and programming may be used as an appropriate alternative. Some of the elements supporting the Standards may not be developmentally or functionally appropriate for every child with a disability unless accommodations or modifications are implemented. Physical educators must be committed and prepared to make appropriate adjustments in the curriculum to meet the unique needs of the learner. Making appropriate modifications to the curriculum to meet individual needs allows for meaningful and relevant experiences provided in a safe and secure environment.
<a href="”>Source: Georgia Department of Education

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