Current Status Bill Number:
1071Ratification Number: 408Act Number: 368Type of Legislation: General Bill GBIntroducing Body: SenateIntroduced Date: 19960130Primary Sponsor: LeventisAll Sponsors: Leventis, Fair, Thomas, Martin and HayesDrafted Document Number: pfm\7825sd.96Date Bill Passed both Bodies: 19960515Governor's Action: SDate of Governor's Action: 19960529Subject: Physical education courses in schools
Body Date Action Description Com Leg Involved ______ ________ _______________________________________ _______ ____________ ------ 19960613 Act No. A368 ------ 19960529 Signed by Governor ------ 19960523 Ratified R408 House 19960515 Read third time, enrolled for ratification House 19960514 Read second time House 19960509 Committee report: Favorable 21 HEPW House 19960307 Introduced, read first time, 21 HEPW referred to Committee Senate 19960306 Read third time, sent to House Senate 19960305 Read second time, notice of general amendments Senate 19960229 Committee report: Favorable 04 SED Senate 19960130 Introduced, read first time, 04 SED referred to CommitteeView additional legislative information at the LPITS web site.
(A368, R408, S1071)
AN ACT TO AMEND SECTION 59-29-80, CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, RELATING TO REQUIRED COURSES IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION IN THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS OF THE STATE, SO AS TO ESTABLISH A PROCEDURE WHEREBY CERTAIN STUDENTS MAY BE EXEMPTED FROM THOSE REQUIREMENTS BY THE LOCAL SCHOOL BOARD OF TRUSTEES.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina:
SECTION 1. Section 59-29-80 of the 1976 Code is amended to read:
"Section 59-29-80. (A) There shall be established and provided in all the public schools of this State physical education, training and instruction of pupils of both sexes, and every pupil attending any school, in so far as he is physically fit and able to do so, shall take the course or courses provided by this section. Suitable modified courses shall be provided for students physically or mentally unable or unfit to take the course or courses prescribed for normal pupils. However, in any public school which offers a military or naval ROTC program sponsored by one of the military services of the United States, training in such a program may be deemed equivalent to physical education instruction, and may be accepted in lieu of such instruction for all purposes, academic or nonacademic, as may hereinafter be provided.
(B) A student may be exempted from physical education requirements by seeking a waiver from the local school board of trustees. The local board may grant such a request based on the following criteria:
(1) The student must present a statement by his attending physician indicating that participation in physical education will jeopardize the student's health and well-being; or
(2)(a) The parent and student must show that the student's attending physical education classes will violate their religious beliefs and would not be merely a matter of personal objection; and
(b) the parent or student must be members of a recognized religious faith that objects to physical education as part of its official doctrine or creed.
The local board shall encourage the student to take, as an alternative to physical education, appropriate instruction in health education or other instruction in lifestyle modification if an exemption is granted pursuant to this section."
SECTION 2. This act takes effect upon approval by the Governor.
Approved the 29th day of May, 1996.