Attending gym class from home? Some students will be allowed to take their required high school physical education classes online this upcoming school year.

An online school funded by the N.C. General Assembly will begin offering a new virtual physical education course beginning this fall.

The pilot program will be tested in Macon and New Hanover counties for the North Carolina Virtual Public School (NCVPS).

According to a press release from the state's Department of Public Instruction, “teachers will provide video demonstration of a physical activity or sport, then students will practice those skills and build their own video portfolios to document their progress and display mastery.”

Students who participate can be enrolled in the nine-week course for a half-credit option. 

“We knew there was a need to offer PE online, so we thought outside the box and came up with a program that we believe will give students a valuable high school physical education experience,” Karen Creech, an instructional director, said in the press release. “Now that we will provide PE online, NCVPS offers all the courses a student would need to earn a diploma from his or her local high school.”

Creech explained that NCVPS courses are especially popular among students in rural school systems who may not offer honors courses that are often required for admission to colleges.

Read more about the pilot program here.

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