I am finding myself getting very frustrated. I received a new student this year who is diagnosed on the autism spectrum. He is one of those student's who is aware of any differences that he has. At the beginning of the year, his mom's thing was his asthma. I'll always send a child to the nurse if they say they are having difficulty. He is not the first child to walk in my gym after 12 years with asthma. In my opinion his asthma isn't a severe issue. I can not recall the child ever saying that he had difficulties breathing so far this year. I have received doctors notes excusing him from any physical activity. There are no details on the note as to why and there are no end dates either. I found out that he had some sort of ankle injury but this injury was back before thanksgiving. His mother told the classroom teachers that playing on a hard gym floor is just too painful but he can play during recess time on the playground because the wood chips are softer. If you think logically, being on an uneven surface like wood chips would probably enhance the possibility of an ankle injury. I sat down with the school nurse today with the current note that I received because it said "please call our office if you have questions." I figured if a medical professional calls like her that office, maybe she could get some more information. I simply want to know what alternative activities he can do. My class is a participation class. If she doesn't want him playing on my "hard gym floor" yet says its okay to play on a playground, I will put him on a scooter. I will unfold mats and he can do stuff on the mats. I just completely disagree with letting him sit out completely because it's exactly what he wants and I do not believe there is any sort of current injury. If I get enough push back, I am going to make this child write book reports on physical activity, sports, etc and take a grade on it. He is not going to just sit around in my gym and do nothing. To say it plainly, the child is unmotivated. He doesn't like my class and doesn't like any other classes including the other specialist classes. Getting him to do anything is like pulling teeth. And I would not be surprised if this mother would try to get doctors notes for the rest of the year. The nurse hasn't gotten back with me yet. I am interested to see what she is going to say.