Medical Excuse

When students become injured/ill and unable to participate in Physical Education class we do require the following information to exempt them from participation. This information must be submitted to the Physical Education office as soon as possible, the Physical Education office in located in Room 250.

  1. If a student is ill and the parent/guardian would like the student to remain out of physical activity for 2 days or less we will accept a note from the parent, informing us to keep their child from participating.
  2. If a student needs to refrain from activity for more than 2 days we will require a physician's excuse (on doctor's letter head or script) stating that they should refrain from physical activity for a stated amount of time (have doctor estimate if necessary) and/or the medical limitation form (which is located at http://www.oprfhs.org/physical-education/). If the note requires a student out of Physical activity for 2 weeks or less, we will have the student remain with his/her class without participating. They will be "medically excused" for those days from any physical activity but will remain in class and given alternate assignments to earn credit. The students activity may be modified per doctor recommendations.
  3. If a student is unable to participate for more than 2 weeks and has brought in a physician's note, we will assign them to a medical study hall for the term of the physician's excuse. Students must attend this study hall or be accounted for in the building by another teacher during the term of this medical waiver. They also may receive alternate assignments to complete for credit.

CREDIT: If a student is unable to participate for an extended period (one quarter or more) of time due to medical reasons they will be given a grade of M, which does not give the student credit.  The student must take another class in order to make up the credit required for graduation.  Students may be required to participate in alternative assignments as a part of their medical contract.

105 ILCS 5/27-6      Courses in Physical Education required; special activities

Sec. 27-6                  Courses in physical education required; special activities.  (a) Pupils enrolled in the public schools and State universities engaged in preparing teachers shall be required to engage daily during the school day. Except on block scheduled days for those public school engaged in block scheduling, in courses of physical education for such periods as are compatible with the optimum growth and developmental needs if individuals at the carious age levels except when appropriate excuses are submitted to the school by a pupil's parent or guardian or by a person licensed under the Medical Practice Act of 1987 [225 ILCS 60/1 et seq.] and except as provided in the subsection (b) of this section.

Special Activities in Physical Education shall be provided for pupils whose physical or emotional condition, as determined by a person licensed under the Medical Practice Act of 1987 [225 ILCS 60/1 et seq.], prevents their participation in the courses provided for normal children.