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Charlottesville High School to Launch Online P.E. Option This Summer

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Charlottesville High School students will soon be able to take gym class from behind a computer screen. The high school is launching a virtual physical education class for ninth- and tenth-graders starting this summer.

Students would wear a wristband that logs their movements and activity and the data would be downloaded to a computer for gym teachers to track and grade.

“We have students that have such robust and rich lives and have so many interests outside of the typical high school schedule that they were really interested in being able to take P.E. on their own, at their own time, at their own pace,” said Stephanie Carter, program administrator for virtual education.

The school system says this online P.E. option will especially benefit students who play sports. Senior Jayme Kusyk has played lacrosse her entire time at Charlottesville High School, and has been captain of the team for three years. Kusyk goes directly from class to the practice field across the street from school.

"Oh man, practice every weekday, one and a half hours to two and a half hours," she said.

Kusyk took physical education class two summers in a row to free up time to tutor her classmates during the regular school year.

"I could have been playing lacrosse or doing other things in the time I was there," she said.

CHS is hoping virtual physical education will help students make better use of their time.

"Our students and parents are really asking for flexibility," said Stephanie Carter, program administrator for virtual education.

Junior Lily Sosa also plays lacrosse at CHS. She encourages her classmates to take advantage of the online opportunity to get fit.

"To be able to have an extra space in the schedule and to be able to take more classes or free time to do more homework, I think it would definitely be more beneficial to students, especially athletes," she said.

Forty ninth- and tenth-grade students will pilot the program over the summer. Physical education is one of 14 virtual courses CHS plans to offer in the fall.

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