Curriculum and Instruction


NEW Public Comment Period for Proposed Amendments To Athletic Eligibility Regulations

Proposed amendments to athletic eligibility regulations are available for a 45-day public comment period. The proposed changes would provide clearer guidance to determine when a seventh or eighth grader may play at the high school level and when circumstances beyond the control of a student lead to the extension of athletic eligibility to a fifth season.

The Regents item and proposed regulation can be reviewed here.  A notice of proposed rulemaking was published in the State Register on November 9.  Comments may be sent by email to: regcomments@nysed.gov.  The 45-day public comment period will expire on December 27.  Following the public comment period, it is anticipated that the proposed rule will be presented for permanent adoption at the February 2017 Board of Regents meeting.  If adopted at the February meeting, the proposed amendment will become effective for the next school year, commencing on July 1, 2017.

Updated Athletic Placement Process (APP)- July 2016

The Athletic Placement Process (APP) was fully implemented in the 2015-2016 school year. The New York State Education Department (NYSED) has been receiving requests from the field to review the APP document after a year of implementation. After review and input from NYSED staff, New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) staff and the medical community, some amendments have been made to the APP document. The amendments will take effect beginning July 2016, for the 2016-2017 school year. The amendments in the (Updated-July 2016) APP document are highlighted below:
    1) Categories of sports were taken into account and recommended Tanner scores were adjusted in appendix H to reflect that. (IE: Collision, sports, limited contact sports, and non-contact sports)
    2) Further citations were added to the APP document for medical directors.
    3) Further clarification has been made in step 4 with the APP document to help clarify the question of recommended score vs. required score with the Tanner score.

Please see updated July 2016 document: Athletic Placement Process July 2016

Commissioner’s Regulations to Require Instruction in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and the use of Automated External Defibrillators (AED's).

Students in senior high school shall be provided instruction in hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of an automated external defibrillator at least once before graduation.

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NFHS Coaching Course New York State (NYS) Specific Second Pathway Guidelines

Effective July 1, 2015, coaches in New York State (NYS) will be able to pursue a second alternative pathway to complete the 3 NYS required coaching courses (Principles, Philosophy and organization of Athletics in Education, Health Sciences Applied to Coaching, and Theory & Techniques of Coaching (Sport Specific) by utilizing the NFHS online coaching courses (AIC-Level 1 and CIC-Level 2) and completion of an internship in accordance with guidelines.

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See link: https://nfhslearn.com/home/coaching_requirement External Link Effective July 1st 2015.

Competitive Cheerleading--Interscholastic Sport

In April 2014, the Board of Regents recognized Competitive Cheerleading as an interscholastic sport effective for the 2014-15 winter season. Competitive cheerleading is defined as cheerleading teams who perform various athletic activities, including stunts, pyramids and/or tosses, jumps and tumbling. For further information about implementation, please see Competitive Cheerleading—Frequently Asked Questions at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/pe/toolkitdocs/Comp_Cheer_FAQ_Dec2014.docx

Office of State Comptroller To Audit Physical Education Compliance

The Office of the State Comptroller (OSC) will be auditing school district compliance to the Regulations of the Commissioner, Section 135.4 on physical education. A guidance tool(PDF, 40KB) has been developed by SED at the request of OSC to complete these audits. Technical assistance is available from SED on meeting these requirements. Contact the Office of Curriculum and Instructon for further questions and/or assistance at emscurric@mail.nysed.gov

Physical Education Requirement

The Department has issued a field memo dated January 2007, regarding Physical Education Programs in response to concerns that certain school districts may not be providing programs that lead to the attainment of NYS learning standards. This memo provides guidance for schools to better ascertain their compliance with Section 135.4 of the Commissioner's Regulations. School districts are encouraged to review the field memo to ensure that they are in compliance with the number of days per week and total minutes per week that are required for physical education at each grade level. Field memo and regulations(PDF, 34KB)

New York State Department of Health, Swimming Pool Regulations

NYS State Sanitary Code, Subpart 6-1 – Swimming Pools
Effective November 7, 2007: All school swimming pools must have one lifeguard for every 3,400 square feet or less:


Pool Size


3,400 sq. ft.


3,401 – 6,800 sq. ft


6,801 – 11,200 sq. ft

If the physical education teacher is a certified lifeguard they may fulfill the lifeguard requirement, however, if they are providing instruction and subject to distraction, a second person is required to be in the pool for bather supervision and injury prevention. 

Effective January 1, 2008*, the secondary person must possess an American Red Cross Lifeguard Management course certificate or other course approved by the NYS Department of Health. (Check with your local Health Department regarding other acceptable certifications)

*if a school is having difficulty completing the training requirement, they may apply to the NYS DOH for an extension of time to complete the training.

MRSA Resources (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus)
A joint Health Advisory on MRSA by the New York State Education Department and the New York State Department of Health on MRSA and resources for schools may be found on the Statewide School Health Services Center web page at: www.schoolhealthservicesny.comExternal Link Click on the “A-Z Index” then click on “M” for the Health Advisory

Last Updated: October 4, 2017