Beginning next school year, students in grades 9-11 at Grandview Heights High School can be excused from the physical education course requirement if they participate in district-sponsored athletics, marching band or cheerleading.

Beginning next school year, students in grades 9-11 at Grandview Heights High School can be excused from the physical education course requirement if they participate in district-sponsored athletics, marching band or cheerleading.

The Grandview Heights Board of Education Saturday approved adopting the Ohio Department of Education's physical education waiver policy. The board took the action during its annual work session.

Under the new policy, students may be excused from taking a physical education class if they participate in one of the qualifying activities for at least two athletic seasons during grades 9-11.

A district-sponsored athletic team, marching band or cheerleading is defined as one that participates in the district's regular athletic season(s) and is operated under supervision of a board employee.

Students who meet this requirement will not have to complete any physical education course as a condition for graduation.

But a student excused from the physical education class requirement would have to complete at least one semester of instruction in another course of study to graduate. The course would have to be separate from and in addition to all other courses of study and hours of instruction needed to graduate.

Students will still need to earn a minimum of 21 credits (21.5 credits beginning with the class of 2015) to qualify for graduation.

Students who participate in club activities and/or club sports would not be eligible for the waiver.

Any student who has not fulfilled the physical education requirement prior to the beginning of his or her senior year will be scheduled into a physical education class. Participation in an athletic team, marching band or cheerleading will not qualify for the waiver during senior year.

The board also approved several high school course offerings for next school year.

The approved courses are Algebra 1, Geometry and Algebra Connections 1 and 2, Physical Science 9 and Physical Science 9 Honors (formerly listed as general science classes), Honors Biology II, Theatre 1 and Drawing 2. Statistics will also be expanded to a full-year course.

Only those courses with sufficient enrollment will be offered. Net staffing at the high school will not increase due to the additional course offerings.

In other business, the board approved a tuition freeze for all-day kindergarten for the 2012-13 school year. The tuition will remain at $330 a month for nine months.