The School board is considering making changes to their Independent PE program (ISPE). Many immersion students choose to do Independent PE as they would otherwise have to come to school at 7:30 am (Period A) for PE class, due to having an extra Spanish class requirement. Many students enrolled in after school sports can eliminate Period A and begin their day at 8:19 am.
However, beginning next year, the school board is considering a proposal to allow only "elite" athletes who are nationally ranked to do independent PE. The details can be found here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1BtxKY2Up42QBFcuOnh7LhexJ4SOvDnq6/view
Please attend the school board meeting THIS THURSDAY (2/15) at 5:00 PM at the District Board Room upstairs (1651 16th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404). Arrive by 6:00 PM to sign up for your chance to speak or to donate your two minutes to another speaker. If you can't arrive until later, please still show up.
The Board needs to know that parents/students are concerned about these proposed changes. This issue affects current Edison students more than any other group! Current ISPE students will be allowed to continue with the current rules, so their families may be less likely to speak up.
Also, please send an email opposing these inequitable changes (sample below) to firstname.lastname@example.org
Dear SMMUSD School Board,
I am writing to oppose the SMMUSD proposal to change the criteria for middle school ISPE applicants.
The District’s proposed criteria are designed for elite athletes who are” highly competitive at a state or national level.” These changes are so restrictive that the ISPE program would functionally be eliminated, which is in direct opposition to your stated School Board policy (BP 6158): “The Board desires to ensure that students are physically fit and lead active lives and wishes to support students.”
Our District needs more opportunities to nurture our children’s growth, both physical and mental, not fewer. All applicants should be afforded the opportunity to achieve their full potential through ISPE regardless of skill level or financial resources in middle school. The current ISPE program does just that, qualifying (1) students of different skill levels, and (2) a wide variety of sports and organizations for which financial assistance is readily available.
My child is an immersion student, who will essentially be required to do AM PE. All of the research shows that tweens and teens need later school start times, not earlier ones!
I urge you to keep the ISPE program and implementation for middle school as is.
Thank you for your consideration,
[Your name] Edison Parent