While maintaining physical distancing measures is critical in mitigating the spread of COVID-19, classroom teachers can still provide opportunities for students to be active throughout the school day (in addition to physical education and recess). Incorporating activity breaks during classroom learning can increase the amount of time students are physically active throughout the day and limit the amount of time they are sedentary.
SHAPE America partner Springboard to Active Schools provides schools with key resources to easily implement strategies for classroom physical activity. Classroom-based physical activity improves students’ concentration and attention, behavior, motivation and engagement in the learning process, and academic performance.
Providing opportunities for classroom-based physical activity can be used as a strategy to mitigate feelings of stress and anxiety brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. CDC guidelines regarding physical distancing should be followed when engaging in classroom-based physical activity. If deemed safe by school administrators, open the doors and windows to the classroom to maximize circulation and air flow to accommodate for increased respiration by students while participating in physical activity. Consult with the school-wide COVID-19 response team to ensure the room’s ventilation system is working properly.