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Virginia Beach Digital Campus
School Year Online Health and Physical Education (HPE)
Level I & II FAQ

Who is eligible to take Online Health and Physical Education (HPE) Level I and II?

All rising ninth grade students are eligible to take online HPE Level I, and rising tenth grade students are eligible to take online HPE Level II. Students who need to complete one of the courses for credit recovery are also eligible.

How does a student meet the physical requirements for the Online Health and PE class?

The student will be assigned a heart rate monitor to be worn during workouts. This device records the heart rate throughout the exercise period. Students are expected to work hard enough to remain at their target heart rate for at least twenty minutes during the hour of exercise.

How many hours of physical education are required?

During the regular school year In Online Health and PE classes, students will be required to participate in an activity of their choice for a minimum of three (3) one-hour sessions per week.

Is there a set schedule of face-to-face meetings for HPE courses?

For all Online HPE courses, your teacher will schedule a face-to-face meeting to distribute Heart Rate Monitor equipment and then meetings to read the heart rate monitor. A Virginia Fitness Testing meeting will be scheduled. You must attend all meetings.

Is it possible to take online HPE if the student is traveling as long as there is continuous internet access?

Since this is an online course, students who have reliable access to an adequate computer and a high-speed internet connection should be able to travel while taking the course. During the school year, online students have the same schedule of vacations as students in face-to-face classes. Of course, online students may work online during those school vacations. Virginia Beach Digital Campus courses are not structured so that the student can “work ahead” before extended absences or “catch up” after returning. All our online courses have weekly deadlines and interactions among coursemates each week. While our teachers are expert at cooperating with families to work around unexpected scheduling issues, they are not required to structure individual course calendars to accommodate vacations and extended student commitments.

What happens if a student is absent from a face-to-face meeting?

Students are expected to attend face-to-face meetings.

What types of activities qualify for the physical education portion of the class?

In general, any activity that raises your heart rate into the Target Heart Zone is acceptable. You’ll be able to choose your activity as long as you can continue for an hour at a time. Please note that practice sessions for school and community sports teams typically do NOT yield the required duration and intensity to meet the course requirements. Students should plan regular activity sessions for their Online HPE course separate from sports practices.

Will the student be responsible for purchasing a heart rate monitor?

No. Each student will be issued a heart rate monitor and other required materials at the required face-to-face meeting. There is no charge for this equipment unless it is lost or damaged.

Are the heart rate monitors waterproof? Is it possible to swim while wearing the monitor?

Yes, the monitor, strap, and transmitter are all waterproof, but once submerged, the buttons on the receiver watch must not be pressed. Monitors cannot be used in salt water. This includes the ocean and some backyard swimming pools. Chlorine-treated swimming pools are acceptable. The strap must be snugly secured across the chest in order to maintain contact with the skin while swimming.

Will transportation be provided on the days students attend face-to-face meetings with their teacher?

No, transportation will be the responsibility of the parent or student.

How will student grades be determined?

The same grading guidelines will be followed whether the student is taking a Health and PE course online or face-to-face at a school. Completion and demonstration of content attainment of the online health component and successful participation in the individualized physical education portion of the class will each count 50 percent of the overall grade. Students will be responsible for taking a final assessment.

Have a question about online learning? Please call 757.263.6850 or e-mail

Last Modified on Monday, March 26, 2018