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May a parent ask that the parent's child be exempt from the physical activity requirement?

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Yes. The Healthy Kids Acts allows a student to be excused from the physical activity requirement if the child's parent or guardian files a written statement with the school principal stating that the requirement conflicts with their child's religious belief. As with the "religious belief" exemption for P.E. and health, the school is not to demand proof of the parent's statement and has no obligation to provide an alternative activity.

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Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on April 19, 2014 at 5:02am.