Where We Stand & Next Steps
S.302 – WE DID IT!!
After over twenty years of effort from numerous SCBDA members, we finally have a bill on the Governor’s desk that will allow marching band to count as a PE credit in SC!
Currently the final amended version of S.302 has been sent to the Governor’s to be signed into law. The Governor has 5 business days to either sign the bill, veto it or do nothing at which time the bill would automatically become law. We currently have no indications of a veto, but are obviously continuing to work to make sure there are no surprises. IF the Governor were to veto our bill it would go back to the legislature where a super majority could override his veto. With unanimous support in the Senate and a final 94-2 vote (22 not voting) in the House, we believe we would have that supermajority as well. Obviously, we hope to not have to go this route and will keep you apprised of any status change.
Obviously we have a few days before S.302 is completely official, but here is what’s next:
YOU need to reach out to your legislators and say THANK YOU! You know how you feel when you get a “THANK YOU”. We need to follow-up and everyone contact their legislators one last time to tell them THANK YOU! It’s a small gesture that will go a LONG WAY!
The SCBDA will be working this weekend to begin coming up with a lesson plan that can be used/adopted by all programs in the state to satisfy the requirements of S.302. We hope to have something ready to go very quickly so that it can be approved and districts/schools can begin allowing MARCHING BAND TO COUNT FOR PE!!!
Students participating in marching band typically invest 6 to 8 hours each week from late July through early November participating in a rigorous, physically active marching band programs which not only meet, but exceed the physical movement and healthy life skills which are expected from the standards of Physical Education (PE) in South Carolina. Additional points to consider:
- Many high school band students currently take PE via the South Carolina Virtual School using the cardio regiment from marching band as their activity for this class. Virtual school PE students are required to have a fitness sponsor to monitor their physical activity for the duration of the course, and many band students have selected their band director to be their fitness sponsor. (Sponsors can be a teacher, parent, or any adult the student assigns as their sponsor.)
- Marching band curriculum parallels the following standards from the virtual school standards:
- Group Learning Community for Fitness, Cardio Vascular Exercises, Flexibility Exercise
- Jumping Jacks, Movement Forms – team sports, etiquette, safety, activity logs, Life Time Fitness
- Muscle Strength Exercises, Muscle Endurance Exercises, BMI charting
- Several high schools in the state are now requiring students to obtain sports physicals before participation in marching band due to the physicality of marching and curriculum. Examples include: Northwestern High School in Rock Hill, Landrum High School and Hartsville High School. Lexington School District One is currently considering a district-wide physical for marching band policy.
- Students earning PE credit from marching band would have more opportunity to enroll in IB and AP classes, as their class schedule would be allowed additional flexibility.
Marching band programs typically begin band rehearsal sessions at the end of summer break before school begins outside on the drill field and continue with two to three rehearsals each week on the drill field as the band’s competition show for the season is perfected. In a regular marching band practice, students work through specific training/conditioning of certain muscles groups through activities such as running for timed distance, working the core muscle groups, the feet and ankles, and the upper body to build arm strength.
While applying this same visual/physical technique, the group would warm up musically, incorporating fundamental musical technique with their show music and then move into working specific sections of the show while still placing duel emphasis on the physical and musical demands of the ensemble. The group then runs multiple repetitions with minimal instruction between reps to maximize retention and improvement. At the end of rehearsal each day, runs of the entire show help build endurance for the performers to push their bodies to become more mentally and physically stronger much in the same way a marathon runner trains their bodies over time.
The following PE standards can be measured in the marching band curriculum:
- Standard 1 – The physically literate individual demonstrates competency in a variety of motor skills and movement patterns. (HS-1.1 and HA-1.2) Example: strength training, dance, and outdoor pursuits.
- Standard 2 – The physically literate individual demonstrates knowledge of concepts, principals of strategies and tactics related to movement and performance. (HS-2.1, 2.2) Example: Apply terminology associated with exercise, use of movement concepts and principles (motion, rotation) to analyze an improve performance of self and/or others.
- Standard 3 – The physically literate individual achieves and maintains health enhancing level of physical activity and fitness. (HS-3.1, 3.2, 3.4) Example: Self-monitoring of his/her own participation in physical activity using measuring devices such as Fitbit, or other tracking devices, or activity logs. Participating in physical activity outside of PE class.
- Standard 4 – The physically literate individual exhibits responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and other in physical activity (HS-4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4) Example: injury prevention, hydration, sun protection, implementation of rules, use of equipment, proper alignment, dance, etiquette and respect for others through team work, warm up activities.
- Standard 5 - The physically literate individual demonstrates awareness that physical activity provides the opportunity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression and /or social interaction. Example: the holistic marching activity demonstrate all components of this standard.
The final version of S.302 was amended back to the original Senate version that says school districts MUST accept Marching Band participation provided the district first shall submit a plan to the SCDE documenting that all SC PE standards are met.
Additionally, in a public school that offers instruction in marching band based on the South Carolina Academic Standards for the Visual and Performing Arts and that incorporates the South Carolina Academic Standards for Physical Education, this instruction must be considered to be the equivalent of physical education instruction and must be accepted in lieu of physical education instruction for all purposes; provided the district first shall submit a plan to the department documenting that all South Carolina Academic Standards for Physical Education are met in the proposed marching band instruction, and upon approval of the plan by the department, this instruction may be offered and considered to be the equivalent of physical education instruction.“
Resources from the SCBDA
- House Contact List
- SCBDA Education Sub-Committee Address
- Virtual High School – Physical Education Syllabus
- SCBDA – S.302 Talking Points – Marching Band Alternative to PE
- SCBDA S.302 Talking Points #2
- SCBDA S.302 Top Ten Talking Points
- THE REALITY: How PE Standards Are Met in Marching Band
- SCBDA S.302 Clarification