WSMR’s Child Youth and School Services can help provide some relief to Las Cruces Public School District High School students registered with the CYS program who will no longer be allowed to take Band, Dance, or JROTC to fulfill their Physical Education requirements. Like in past years, some CYS Summer Quest Programs will still fulfill the district’s requirements for students registered with the CYS program despite the recent law that has been put into effect.
According to LCPS Interim Director of Secondary Instruction Wendi Miller-Tomlinson, the CYS courses will not be affected by the newly reinforced law. The summer programs, which are run by a licensed Teacher of Record, are held from June through August and vary in a range of categories from archery to advanced scuba. Only high activity physical camps will qualify for PE credits. The courses change every year based on the children’s feedback. A Summer Quest Open House will take place in April which will unveil the available classes for this upcoming summer.
“Students will continue to be held to high attendance and conduct standards to be eligible to receive the Summer PE credit,” said U.S. Army Child, Youth and School Services, School Liaison Officer, Ray Jojola.
Recently, the Las Cruces Public School District reinforced a legislation that was passed in 2003 that will no longer allow 9 through 12 grade students to substitute the physical education credit with Band or Reserve Officer Junior Training Corps. According to LCPS Director of Communication Jo Galvan the district has requested a waiver to allow for Band, Dance, and JROTC to count for PE credits since the law was put into place, this year the district was informed by the Public Education Department that the waiver will no longer be an option. A memorandum was distributed in November of last year that advised parents that students who will be graduating this year will be able to receive a waiver to graduate with an elective PE credit.
“Other physical education-related classes are electives…but can count for ‘general’ elective credit for graduation,” the memorandum read.
In an article in the Sun-News, New Mexico Public Education Department Deputy Secretary Paul Aguilar said that courses like Band, Dance, and JROTC serve as a good elective for PE but they don’t cover issues like healthy eating and physical development like a standard PE course would. According to the article, the issue could be brought up for discussion during the 30-day budget session that began this week.