Students participating in show choir at Oswego High School and Oswego East High School may soon be eligible for a semester waiver from physical education class.
The Oswego School District 308 Board of Education agreed during a June 8 meeting to seek State Board of Education approval of the waiver no later than Aug. 15.
Associate Superintendent for Educational Services Faith Dahlquist told the Board of Education that if the state approves the waiver, students participating in show choir at the two schools would be excused from participating in physical education for one semester and instead take a study hall period during the during the second semester of the upcoming 2020-2021 school year.
Dahlquist told the Board of Education that high school students who participate in IHSA athletics and marching band had the opportunity to request and take advantage of a physical education waiver beginning in the 2019-2020 school year.
The waiver granted to student athletes and to students in marching band prompted interest in the waiver for students in the show choir, according to Dahlquist.
Following meetings with officials at both high schools, Dahlquist said that administrators did not anticipate the need for further waivers from other programs.
Board member Alison Swanson questioned if waiver could be used for students who compete nationally in programs like gymnastics and wrestling.
Dahlquist said to apply for the waiver the program must be a school-sponsored club or activity.
"Those type of activities would not be in play for this," she said.
Requests for waivers must be submitted to the state after a local public hearing, which will be held Monday, July 13, in conjunction with the board's meeting that day. Notification of the waiver must also be provided to local state legislators and the district's collective bargaining agents, including the Oswego Education Association.
Dahlquist confirmed that the district plans to submit the waiver to the state Board of Education no later than Aug. 15.