COVID-19 Considerations for Physical Education

PHE Canada emphasizes the importance of safe Health and Physical Education programs during the reopening of schools, as physical education provides “a critical learning opportunity for Canada’s young people as they heal, re-socialize, and adapt in this new learning environment” (PHE Canada, COVID-19 Pandemic: Return to School Canadian Physical and Health Education GUIDELINES, p. 3).

Establishing and maintaining safe physical education programs requires clear and ongoing communication regarding the policies and practices related to physical education specific to COVID-19. School board staff and school administrators should have a process in place to disseminate information, seek input and concerns, and, where appropriate, provide necessary support for individuals responsible for safety related to COVID-19 (for example, teachers, occasional teachers, parents, students).

Staff and students have been out of school for an extended period of time and will be returning to a setting that will require careful planning and new processes and procedures. A safe return to physical education should include:

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