The Pacer Test

  1. WHY? WHY? WHY?

    Geez! Who comes up with this?

    (sitting around the idea table)
    Administrator/Government Official 1: Kids these days don't get enough exercise.
    Administrator/Government Official 2: True, but what can we do?
    A/GO 1: That's the million dollar question, isn't it.
    A/GO 2: (drumming fingers on table) What to do? What to do? OH!!!! I'VE GOT IT!!!! We'll have them run until they drop once a year!
    A/GO 1: BRILLIANT!!!! That will get them to exercise!

    Meanwhile, back at the school.....
    School Nurse: (sobbing silently and banging head on desk)
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  2. 23 Comments

  3. by   tining
  4. by   NurseBeans
    In what I consider an all time low point, last year I was forced to give tylenol (per mom) to a student who had just run the pacer test and could feel her heart racing. It made her uncomfortable so she needed tylenol.
  5. by   ohiobobcat
    Is this Pacer Test you speak of similar to the Timed Mile Run/Walk at my school? Which always turns into some sedentary kid deciding he will become the next Usain Bolt, not realizing that Bolt is a short distance sprinter. And you, my friend, are trying to "run" a mile, when the most physical activity you have done in the last 5 years is getting up from the couch to change your video game and/or get a snack. So sprint the first 50 feet, try your hardest to keep up that pace for the next 4 laps, and I will see you (and your friends) on the track after you puke and/or pass out somewhere in the middle of your mile.

    Sigh.
  6. by   iggywench
    I cannot stand the Pacer test! It got to the point last year where I brought the PE coach a cooler with bottles of water and peppermints, and told her not to send me any students who don't have asthma. I had four crying fifth-grade girls in the clinic at one time who were out of breath after running.
  7. by   chiefswife
    Quote from iggywench
    I cannot stand the Pacer test! It got to the point last year where I brought the PE coach a cooler with bottles of water and peppermints, and told her not to send me any students who don't have asthma. I had four crying fifth-grade girls in the clinic at one time who were out of breath after running.
    OOOO!!!!! I like that idea!
  8. by   Jolie
    My daughter, now a college freshman was in 1st grade when she outwitted the PE teacher and got her entire class out of the pacer test. It was one of my proudest Mama moments

    On an unseasonably warm spring afternoon, the little darlings were informed that they were going to do the pacer test. It also happened to be picture day, so they were all dressed to the nines. My daughter, never one to shrink from a challenge, let Big Hulky Gym Teacher know that their mamas would be sooooo disappointed if they were all hot, sweaty and red-faced in their special spring pictures. He relented and let them play four square instead. Little did he know that pictures had been taken at 8:30 that morning, but then no one ever accused him of being overly-observant. Amazing that they managed to successfully enter 2nd grade that fall without a current pacer score!
  9. by   BeckyESRN
    Quote from Jolie
    My daughter, now a college freshman was in 1st grade when she outwitted the PE teacher and got her entire class out of the pacer test. It was one of my proudest Mama moments

    On an unseasonably warm spring afternoon, the little darlings were informed that they were going to do the pacer test. It also happened to be picture day, so they were all dressed to the nines. My daughter, never one to shrink from a challenge, let Big Hulky Gym Teacher know that their mamas would be sooooo disappointed if they were all hot, sweaty and red-faced in their special spring pictures. He relented and let them play four square instead. Little did he know that pictures had been taken at 8:30 that morning, but then no one ever accused him of being overly-observant. Amazing that they managed to successfully enter 2nd grade that fall without a current pacer score!
    Your daughter is true hero!

    I loathe the pacer test! After 20+ years of being a PE teacher, you'd think he could tell them just to sit for a minute and take deep breaths, but nope. Pacer week means and endless number of "I can't breath" and "My chest hurts" and "my heart is beating too fast".
  10. by   KKEGS
    Quote from NurseBeans
    In what I consider an all time low point, last year I was forced to give tylenol (per mom) to a student who had just run the pacer test and could feel her heart racing. It made her uncomfortable so she needed tylenol.
  11. by   RNLisaC
    Why the peppermints? I'm new to school nursing. I had at least two students last week that were sent to my office who were not asthmatics and were legitimately out of breath from PE (both significantly overweight as well). Thanks for any tips!
  12. by   pixierose
    My kids have done the Pacer test so many times that they actually memorized the darn dialogue. One long car trip a few months ago, my husband and I were "enlightened" (complete with music imitation).

    FTR, it seems the gym teachers loathe doing it, at least the sane ones.
  13. by   kidzcare
    Quote from Jolie
    My daughter, now a college freshman was in 1st grade when she outwitted the PE teacher and got her entire class out of the pacer test. It was one of my proudest Mama moments

    On an unseasonably warm spring afternoon, the little darlings were informed that they were going to do the pacer test. It also happened to be picture day, so they were all dressed to the nines. My daughter, never one to shrink from a challenge, let Big Hulky Gym Teacher know that their mamas would be sooooo disappointed if they were all hot, sweaty and red-faced in their special spring pictures. He relented and let them play four square instead. Little did he know that pictures had been taken at 8:30 that morning, but then no one ever accused him of being overly-observant. Amazing that they managed to successfully enter 2nd grade that fall without a current pacer score!
    Awesome My friend and I got out of running every week on "fitness" day (alternating run/walk for the entire gym period) of our senior year of high school. A couple weeks before school started our PE teacher got a DUI in front of another friend of our's house. As in, he was at a party down the street, drunk, and hit my friend's brother's car that was parked on the street. He knew we knew and never made us run

    Now I am a runner and I would LOVE if there was an hour that was designated to running built into my work day.


    Quote from RNLisaC
    Why the peppermints? I'm new to school nursing. I had at least two students last week that were sent to my office who were not asthmatics and were legitimately out of breath from PE (both significantly overweight as well). Thanks for any tips!
    Peppermint relieves nausea. Ginger too

    Quote from ohiobobcat
    Is this Pacer Test you speak of similar to the Timed Mile Run/Walk at my school?
    Here's a breakdown of the pacer: The PACER Fitness Test / Fitness / Cardio
  14. by   Farawyn
    *cough*
    In my day they called it The Shuttle Run.

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