thumb_school_bus(1).jpgAs schools lets out, summer rolls around and swimming stakes its claim as ultimate leisure activity, students now have one less thing to worry about tainting their pool experiences. As reported by the SF Examiner, swimming is no longer a graduation requirement for San Francisco’s public schools.

Not that anyone did much swimming; according to the SFUSD, 89% of this year’s graduated class waived that requirement.

Other changes to curriculum include allowing students with disabilities to opt out of taking the California High School Exit Exam, upping credits for freshmen taking college and career-education courses and imposing stricter rules on physical education requirements.

For now, enjoy your summer.

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  • Rain Jokinen

    I was wondering if that requirement still existed. It was certainly in effect when I was in high school here. You had to pass a swimming test or show proof of passing one somewhere else. I knew how to swim since I was a wee thing, but there was no way I was going to get into a bathing suit in front of high school classmates, so I forged a card a friend had from a YMCA swim class, and got out of it that way.

    I do have to admit it worries me how many of my friends kids actually DON’T know how to swim. That’s kind of important, isn’t it? Especially when you live in a city surrounded on three sides my water.