Some area athletes qualify for gym-class waivers

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Students at Whiteland Community High School have been spending less time in physical education class over the past five years.

Nearly half the freshmen starting at Whiteland last school year were members of the football team, wrestled, were in marching band or played other sports. And once those students proved to their P.E. teachers how the number of laps they ran or the amount of weight they lifted during their conditioning was equal to what students do in a traditional class, they received waivers from one semester of physical education classes, school officials said.

Franklin Community High School offers a similar waiver for the entire freshman physical education course to students who participate in at least two sports seasons throughout the year, Superintendent David Clendening said.

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