Iowa School District is Requiring Heart Rate Monitors in Gym Class

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2014-08_f533cdd227.jpgiStock/Thinkstock (DUBUQUE, Iowa) -- Starting this school year, public middle and high school students in Dubuque, Iowa will wear heart rate monitors in gym class. It's all an effort to make sure students are actually getting some physical activity in P.E. class, and not just sitting on the sidelines. Dubuque Schools Athletic and Wellness Director Amy Hawkins says this will also make writing report cards easier for teachers.

"It will be a large portion of their grade, because we want to grade them on what they're actually doing in our class," Hawkins said. "It really takes the opinion out of things. You know it's not really 'I think your kid is doing this and this in class.'"

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