While enrolled in OCPE, a student may not be enrolled in Denton ISD athletics.
Only those in grades 7-12 will be eligible for consideration into the program.
The student must participate in the OCPE program for the entire semester.
In case of illness or injury (supported by documentation from a medical professional), the instructor must provide alternate assignments or make-up requirements for credit.
A student may not transfer from a PE/athletic class into OCPE after the application deadline; however he/she may withdraw from the OCPE program into on-campus PE/ athletic program. Varsity eligibility is subject to UIL rules and head coach approval.
Category I vs. Category II
Category I students will practice 15+ hours a week with a highly intensive, professional instructor. These students compete at Olympic/Junior Olympic levels, national levels, or collegiate-like levels. You may even see competitive meets or tournaments on their workout logs. These competitions should not account for more than 2 hours of time to be considered for their workout logs. These students can be dismissed for one period a day of OCPE.
Catergory II students are also trained by highly qualified instructors, but they will have around 5 hours a week of instruction and they are not deemed as elite as the Catergory I students. These students cannot be dismissed from school for OCPE.
High School Approved Activities
OCPE eligible activities (HighSchool) are Olympic-type/National level activites approved by the TEA that are not offered comprehensively through the physical education or athletic departments at Denton ISD high schools.
Middle School Approved Activities
OCPE eligible activities (Middle School) are Olympic-type/National level activites approved by the TEA that are not offered comprehensively through the physical education or athletic departments at Denton ISD middle schools.
Student & Parent Responsibilities
Confer with the designated campus counselor about plans to enroll.
Ensure the student participates in his/her activity at one (1) approved agency under one (1) professional supervisor for at least the minimum amount of time per week as determined by the category chosen.
Ensure the student attends his/her activity regularly, which includes attending 90% of the days the class is offered.
Ensure records of participation and grades are submitted by the agency's instructor to the appropriate counselor.
Parents are responsible for making sure the Physical Education TEKS for the specific grade level are met.
Provide transportation to and from the sponsoring agency.
Sign the Instructor Agreement stating he/ she is aware of the emphasis on program objectives and knowledge of the state-mandated TEKS.
Maintain and submit an accurate record of each student's attendance to ensure compliance with state laws regarding attendance for credit and compulsory attendance.
Evaluate each student's performance and submit the End of 9 Weeks Student Progress Report to the student's counselor one (1) week before the end of the current grading period.
Notify the student's counselor if the student fails to maintain a high level of performance and if the instructor is withdrawing his/her recommendation for the student to be in the program.
Notify the student's counselor if there is a change in the number of hours per week.
Notify the student's counselor if the student's attendance becomes irregular or the student withdraws from the program.
The Role of the Counselor
Direct parents interested in their child participating in OCPE to the informational website.
Understand and explain the differences between Category I and Category II.
Explain the student/ parent responsibilities and answer any questions or concerns.
Communicate with the student/parent with any concerns either by phone or in writing.
Communicate with instructors and agencies and remedy any issues.
Schedule the student for the 1st/7th period (Middle school) or 1st/5th block (High school).
Maintain an electronic file with the appropriate documentation on each student approved.
Communicate any issues and concerns with the appropriate athletic department staff.
Verify grades have been submitted by instructor.
The Role of the Athletic Department
Provide training for counselors regarding OCPE guidelines.
Maintain up-to-date information on website.
Approve/Deny OCPE applications and keep additional files on each student and training logs.
Ensure OCPE guidelines follow TEA and district policies.
Provide additional support/information to counselors where necessary.
A student's physical education OCPE waiver may be revoked at the discretion of the school district if it is determined the student's participation in the program:
no longer meets the criteria specified for the category chosen, or
the student's attendance becomes irregular, or
the student is not passing all of his/her classes, or
the student has been subject to discipline action at their school campus, or
the student has a pattern of late arrivals or early/late departures.