Physical education at HMS is co-educational and stresses fitness, flexibility, rhythms, aerobics, and team sports. Students are expected to wear appropriate clothing for physical education classes. At Horizon West, students will not change for physical education classes. At Horizon East, students may not participate in P.E. class in the same clothing that they wear during the rest of the school day. The recommended P.E. uniform consists of black shorts, white T-shirt, gym shoes, a sweatshirt, and sweatpants. Inappropriate clothing for P.E. includes but is not limited to: cut-off shorts, tank tops, and bare midriff shirts. Showers are available and recommended at Horizon East; students must provide their own towels. All students are assigned a P.E. locker in a locker room. It is highly recommended that a student provide his/her own combination lock. Key locks are not recommended since keys can be lost, stolen, or accidentally locked in the locker. The combination must be recorded with the P.E. teacher so that the teacher can give out the correct combination if the student has forgotten theirs. Vandalism and/or theft will be handled accordingly by district policy regarding physical education equipment.
Students are able to make up physical education classes in two ways. One is by attending the weight room in our building for 30 minutes for each class period missed. The second way is through participation in an organized school or community activity that involves physical activity over a period of time, is regularly scheduled, is supervised by a coach or program director, and is open to any student; 30 minutes of an activity must be documented for each class period missed. Verification of make-up time is the responsibility of the student. Long-term absences will be handled on an individual basis (vacations, illnesses, injuries, etc.)
Students who must be excused from physical education for more than five periods of class must give the health assistant a written doctor’s statement describing the reason for non-participation and the expected date the student may resume normal activities. In these cases, the teacher will likely find an alternative assignment for students. To be excused from P.E. for fewer than five class periods, the students must provide the health assistant with a signed request from a parent(s)/guardian(s). In these cases, the student will be expected to make up time as outlined above. It’s the students’ responsibility to adhere to the doctors’/parents’/guardians’ recommendations regarding class participation for medical concerns.