Reducing PE at BV
MANLIUS – At a public hearing on Monday, some Bureau Valley teachers spoke out against the school board’s possible decision to seek a waiver that would allow variations in how physical education is currently taught in the elementary schools.
Physical education is required to be taught 20 minutes a day, five days a week. With an approved waiver by the state, classes could be reduced to 20 minutes a day, three days a week.
At the hearing, Superintendent Dennis Thompson gave examples of how the waiver could potentially allow a change in the instruction model for physical education by having physical education teachers incorporate core curriculum concepts into the class. Also, it could allow for a reduction in staff members since the instruction would be cut down by three-fifths. Also, with the waiver, the district would be able to hire an elementary teacher that could teach physical education and also be qualified to assist teachers in other instruction on the two days that physical education wouldn’t be required.
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