School Reentry Considerations


K-12 Physical Education In-School Instruction With Physical Distancing Supplement

The following tables provide examples of SHAPE America’s National Standards & Grade-Level Outcomes for K-12 Physical Education along with accompanying example activity ideas and strategies for implementation.

Educators should continue to address all five National Standards for K-12 Physical Education by selecting associated activities that require little or no use of shared equipment by students. Educators may need to shift the focus of their curriculum to Standard 3 (health-enhancing fitness), Standard 4 (personal and social responsibility) and Standard 5 (value of physical activity) and incorporate activities for Standard 1 (motor skills and movement patterns) and Standard 2 (movement concepts) that are safe and appropriate.

NOTE: In some situations, it may not be possible to address all Grade-Level Outcomes due to the constraints of physical distancing. This list is not meant to be exhaustive, but to provide some specific examples that hopefully serve as a catalyst for educators to generate additional ideas. Some activity suggestions will require modification to meet physical distancing guidelines.

This document will be updated as necessary to incorporate changes in national guidance or recommendations.

Suggested citation: SHAPE America. (2020). School reentry considerations: K-12 physical education, health education, and physical activity. Reston, VA: Author.

The recommendations and strategies provided herein are obtained based on guidance for schools provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and national recommendations for physical education, health education, recess, and classroom-based physical activity. The COVID-19 outbreak is an ongoing, rapidly developing situation. Educators are encouraged to monitor publicly available information and to always follow federal, state and local health organization guidance and government mandates. This information may vary and will be updated as necessary.