Teens signed up for health class are stuck
The state may have dropped its health-class requirement for high schoolers this fall, but Clear Creek school officials say it's too late to rearrange class schedules and the district plans to take next year to decide what to require locally.
Thanks to changes passed by the Legislature this year, school districts like Clear Creek ISD also get to decide for themselves now whether to give students more flexibility to pursue electives by letting them skip the previously required two semesters of a technology class and one semester of physical education.
The state graduation plan still calls for:
A year of PE.
A year of fine arts.
Two years of a foreign language.
Four years each of the core classes: language arts, math, science and social studies.
The number of electives required to graduate jumps from 3-1/2 courses to six.
District spokeswoman Elaina Polsen said the changes mandated by House Bill 3 are welcome because they provide more flexibility for parents and students to make academic choices that meet their own needs. One student who already knows his way around a computer, for instance, might want to skip the previously required tech classes and add on an extra year of a foreign language. Another student's parents might want him to take the health class online or in school, even without the requirement.
"One box doesn't fit all students," Polsen said.
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