Arkansas - PE substitutions: Program requirement

Area: 
Program Requirement
Policy Type: 
statute; regulation
Summary: 

State law allows PE substitutions.

2017 Arkansas Code 6-16-132 Physical Education

(B) The local school district board of directors may grant such a waiver based on the following criteria:

  • (i) The student must present a statement by the student's attending physician indicating that participation in physical education and physical activity will jeopardize the student's health and well-being; or

  • (ii) (a) The parent and student must show that attending physical education classes will violate the student's religious beliefs and would not be merely a matter of personal objection.

    • (b) The parent or student must be members of a recognized religious faith that objects to physical education as part of its official doctrine or creed.

    • (c) The local school district board of directors shall encourage a student granted a waiver under subdivision (b)(4) of this section to take, as an alternative to physical education, appropriate instruction in health education or other instruction in lifestyle modification if an exemption is granted pursuant to this section.


2017 Arkansas Code 6-16-141. Credits for participating in Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps

A student who completes two (2) semesters of a Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program shall receive credit for both of the following requirements for graduation from high school under the rules of the State Board of Education:

  • (1) One-half (1/2) unit of physical education; and

  • (2) One-half (1/2) unit of health and safety education.


2017 Arkansas Code 6-16-137. Physical education credit for physical activity courses

(b) Beginning in the 2005-2006 school year, a student in grades nine through twelve (9-12) participating in and successfully completing an organized physical activity course in his or her school shall be eligible to receive one-half (1/2) unit of physical education credit required for graduation if:

  • (1) The organized physical activity course is aligned to the department's physical education course content standards and curriculum frameworks; and

  • (2) The organized physical activity course is verified by the superintendent of the school district or the chief administrative officer of an open-enrollment charter school who files a written statement of assurance with the department by October 1 of the school year as required under § 6-15-1505 stating that:

    • (A) The instructor of the organized physical activity course is licensed or qualified in physical education pursuant to the rules of the state board;

    • (B) The organized physical activity course is aligned to the department's physical education course content standards and curriculum frameworks; and

    • (C) The organized physical activity course is subject to the provisions of § 6-18-501 et seq.


2017 Arkansas Code 6-16-137. Phsyical education credit for phsical activity

(e) The organized physical activity course shall take place during the regular school day to qualify for physical education credit, except for those organized physical activity courses outside the regular school day that are listed on the school district's master schedule


Arkansas 005 01 CARR 008 Nutrition and Physical Activity Standards

7.05.2 The parent and student must show that attending physical education classes will violate the student's religious beliefs and would not be merely a matter of personal objection. The parent or student must be members of a recognized religious faith that objects to physical education as part of its official doctrine or creed.

7.05.3 The local school board of directors shall encourage a student granted a waiver under Section 7.05 of these rules to take, as an alternative to physical education, appropriate instruction in health education or other instruction in lifestyle modification if an exemption is granted

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