Fitness grades help South Colonie students measure up

While the report cards will be mailed out for the first time in the district this week, Foust said the district has had physical fitness tests for a while.

"We've done a fitness test for probably the past 17 or 18 years," said Foust.

Foust said the district decided to actually report on the results following the recent rise in childhood obesity.

"As the concern has been continually raised nationally, we wanted to take it to another level," said Foust.

The district tested the waters with the physical fitness report card by completing a pilot of the program in the fall. Foust said the pilot went well, so the district decided to proceed with the program.

Accompanying the report card will be a letter explaining to parents the intentions of the report card.

"We urge you, as parents, to encourage your child to maintain or improve their level of fitness and track their progress through subsequent reports," said the letter.

Foust said he hopes this new system encourages parents to be involved with their child's health. He also said the program will help the district reach their goals for each individual student.

"We want them to have the skill set and knowledge to maintain a healthy lifestyle once they leave Colonie Central High School," said Foust.


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