Iowa - Adaptive PE: Standards

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

Iowa Administrative Code. 281-41.108 Physical Education.

41.108(1) General. Physical education services, specially designed if necessary, must be made available to every child with a disability receiving FAPE, unless the public agency enrolls children without disabilities and does not provide physical education to children without disabilities in the same grades.

41.108(2) 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 the child is enrolled full-time in a separate facility or the child needs specially designed physical education, as prescribed in the child's IEP.

41.108(3) Special physical education. If specially designed physical education is prescribed in a child's IEP, the public agency 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.

Iowa Administrative Code. 281-41.39 Special Education.

41.39(1) General. “Special education” means specially designed instruction, at no cost to the parents, to meet the unique needs of a child 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.

Iowa Administrative Code. 281-41.39 Special Education.

41.39(3) Individual special education terms defined. The terms in this definition are defined as follows:

  • 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; and includes special physical education, adapted physical education, movement education, and motor development.
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