Complaints lead schools to stop weighing students

November 5, 2013

The Issaquah School District will no longer be collecting student height and weight measurements in physical education classes after several parent complaints.

This year, the district’s five middle schools began using a new method for tracking fitness data and helping students achieve goals in P.E. classes. An online tool known as Welnet is being used to gather the data, then communicate the results to teachers, parents and students.

Welnet can help teachers compile body mass index results for their students. The BMI is a percentage-based scale that rates whether a person is underweight, overweight or of normal weight.

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