DCPS HOPE Waiver

  • Our physical education program(s) stress physical fitness and encourage healthful and active lifestyles. District policy states that every student shall have the opportunity to participate in and benefit from the district’s physical education program whose mission is to develop in students the skills, knowledge, motivation, and behaviors that promote highest student achievement and a lifelong commitment to wellness centered around a healthy and physically active lifestyle.

     The High School Physical Education Program is based upon the following: 

    • Assessment, improvement and maintenance of health-related fitness;
    • Opportunities for development of competency in many movement forms;
    • Opportunities for use of technology to enhance health-related fitness and the acquisition of skills and knowledge in a variety of physical activities; and
    • Participation regularly in health-enhancing physical activity outside the physical education class.

     Based on State of Florida requirement, DCPS’ Student Progression Plan calls for students to complete the HOPE Core (Health Opportunities through Physical Education) course in order to be eligible for standard high school graduation.  In addition to the HOPE course, there is variety of other Physical Education courses offered as electives but not required for graduation.  The intent is to offer and expose high school students to a variety of sports and physical activities that can also be done outside of school and beyond graduation.

     The only approved waivers from the State of Florida for the entire state-required one credit in HOPE are the following: 

    1. Participation in two seasons of an FHSAA-sanctioned interscholastic sport at the junior varsity or varsity levels or
    2. Satisfactory completion of two years of Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) courses with a significant drill component, with a grade of “C” or better in each semester. This does not include dual enrollment ROTC.

     In order for a waiver to be requested, the DCPS HOPE Waiver Request Form must be completed and turned into the student’s School Counselor before the beginning of the graduation period. The waiver form requires the student to gather the signatures of coaches/athletic director or ROTC instructor(s). Please note that students substituting the HOPE course with either athletics or JROTC will not receive comprehensive Health or Physical Education and will, as a consequence, receive little or no exposure to a variety of health concepts. The description of the HOPE course can be found in the CPALMS website at www.cpalms.org.

     Also please note that there are no waivers available for medical reasons. DCPS HEPE physical education courses are designed to be adapted to meet students’ individual needs. Physical education teachers should be included in the IEP or 504 plan discussions to ensure that proper modifications are provided to the student. In the event of a temporary medical concern, the teacher will provide adaptations to accommodate the student’s abilities.