Health and Physical Education Department
- The Q4 date is Tuesday, March 19th @4 p.m.
The Gwinnett County Online Campus Health and Physical Education (graduation requirement – Introduction to Lifetime Fitness and the elective – Lifetime Fitness) courses teach the same AKS and Indicators of Achievement that are taught in all Gwinnett County Public Schools courses.
Health has reading assignments everyday along with numerous written assignments, discussions, and projects for each unit. When determining how much time you will spend working on your course per day, you need to account for how quickly you read and how computer proficient you are as well as how quickly you are able to type. On average, students will spend 2-4 hours per day during a mini-semester or the summer semester on their coursework. Obviously some students require less time to meet the course requirements and some students require more time to meet the course requirements – it depends on the individual student. Students enrolled in health courses with our campus are allowed to work as far ahead as they would like excluding unit tests and some quizzes. Late work is not accepted unless the student has a documented emergency or an excused absence from school.
PE (Introduction to Lifetime Fitness – graduation requirement) covers three units along with numerous written assignments throughout the semester related to this reading material. The majority of the student’s time in PE will be spent doing workouts. The student’s workout requirements will increase each week starting with 20 minute workouts and finish at just about an hour’s worth of workout time 5 days per week. The number of workouts depends on whether it is a summer course or regular school year course. While doing workouts, the student must wear the Polar Heart Rate equipment provided by Gwinnett Online Campus. During exercise the student needs to be working out within and/or above their target heart rate zone for 70% of their workout. Therefore, many students find online PE very challenging. Late work, which includes workouts, is not accepted unless the student has a documented emergency or an excused absence from school.
If at any time the student has equipment issues, it is imperative that they contact Polar along with their PE teacher. A parent, coach, personal trainer, etc. cannot ‘vouch’ for a student’s workout. The online PE workout grade is based on how long the student worked out along with how long they were within their target heart rate zone. This can only be monitored by the Polar equipment. If the equipment is lost, stolen, or damaged, the student will need to replace the equipment at the price of $360 prior to receiving another set of equipment.
Online Collaborative Class Sessions (Chats)
All teachers will hold at least one chat a week according to the schedule posted in each course. These chats are designed to enhance student mastery of the AKS and to provide an opportunity for remediation, reinforcement, and extension. Students are required to attend these chats or listen to the chat recording within 48 hours. Students will then complete an assignment that accompanies each chat. Each of these assignments will be factored into the classroom assessments category of the student’s grade.
Face to Face Requirements
Health students are required to attend a mandatory face to face final exam at the end of the semester. Since this is our only face to face assessment of the students’ understanding of our content, any student who does not take the face to face final exam will not be awarded credit for their health course. Health students have the opportunity to take the online version of the Alcohol Drug Awareness Program. This use to be a face to face course, but it is now provided online only for Gwinnett Online students. The teacher will ask for certain information of the student and will register the student for “eADAP”. Once the student receives a confirmation email with log in and password for the eADAP program, the student will have 30 days to complete 4, 45 minute sessions and a 20 question test. If the student passes the test the student will have the ability to print the certificate needed to obtain a driver’s license before the age of 18.
PE students are required to attend the mandatory pre and post fitness testing and a final written exam. During the fitness testing students will be graded on the pacer run, sit-ups, push-ups, as well as sit and reach. Students will receive their heart rate equipment during the pre-fitness testing along with instruction on how to operate it. PE students are also required to attend the mandatory face to face final exam at the end of the semester that will take place after the post fitness testing. Since this is our only face to face assessment of the students’ understanding of our content, any student who does not take the face to face final exam will not be awarded credit for their PE course.