Illinois district considers physical education alternative
ELGIN, Ill. – A school district in a Chicago suburb is considering a pilot program that will let students choose how they stay physically active instead of participating in a traditional gym class.
The Courier-News reports that the Elgin Area School District may offer an online physical education course where students use monitors to track their activity and heart rate. Students would be required to move 150 minutes a week, but can choose what physical activities they partake in.
The school board is scheduled to vote on the proposal later this month.
The pilot program is estimated to cost almost $19,000. The course would be offered next school year to about 125 juniors and seniors at Elgin High School, Bartlett High School and the Dream Academy.
Information from: The Courier-News, http://couriernews.chicagotribune.com/