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Physical Education Uniform Policy

Physical Education Uniform Policy

Physical Education presents a varied and flexible program in which boys and girls acquire physical fitness, physical skills and socially desirable habits of good sportsmanship, teamwork and character. The benefits of physical fitness are numerous.  Appropriate practice of physical activity assists young people to:

  • develop healthy musculoskeletal tissues (i.e. bones, muscles and joints);
  • develop a healthy cardiovascular system (i.e. heart and lungs);
  • develop neuromuscular awareness (i.e. coordination and movement control);
  • maintain a healthy body weight.

 Physical activity has also been associated with psychological benefits in young people by improving their control over symptoms of anxiety and depression. Similarly, participation in physical activity can assist in the social development of young people by providing opportunities for self-expression, building self-confidence, social interaction and integration. It has also been suggested that physically active young people more readily adopt other healthy behaviors (e.g. avoidance of tobacco, alcohol and drug use) and demonstrate higher academic performance at school.

 It is the policy of the BCPS Office of Physical Education that every student is required to wear a PE uniform and to actively participate in the physical education program.  Students not wearing the appropriate uniform pose several safety issues related to hygiene, restricted movement and noticeability.  Students who do not change into athletic apparel have to wear sweaty clothes to the rest of their classes.  Their movement is restricted, which prevents students from completing certain tasks or making tasks more difficult.  In addition, having students wearing a school PE uniform makes them easily recognizable, especially when classes are outside on the fields.

The required PE uniform consists of the following:

  • SWA PE Shirt (will be available to purchase at SWA)
  • SWA PE Shorts (will be available to purchase at SWA)
  • Socks
  • Tennis Shoes
  • Student may also wear sweat pants and a sweat shirt under the PE uniform.
  • Locks for the assigned PE locker are also required.  Each student will have their own locker.  Students are responsible for bringing a combination lock to safely secure their items.
  • School-approved drawstring bag to carry PE uniform throughout the day.

The cost of the uniform is $13 payable by cash or money order.  Uniforms will be available for pre-order and purchase during the summer and at Back-to School Night (specific dates will be provided in the summer mailing in August).  Summer office hours are 7:30-2:30 p.m. 

 Thank you for your partnership in ensuring that physical and mental wellness, health and safety are top priorities for our students.