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Health and Physical Education

Critical Tools at Your Fingertips!

The following tools are available to support informed decision making and to provide meaningful learning:

Please contact Paige Metz at with questions or requests for district/site-specific consultation, coaching, support, professional learning.

Health and Physical Education Hangouts Will Resume September 8th!

Every 2nd Wednesday of the month, SDCOE hosts a hangout for health and physical educators from 3 to 4 p.m.  Zoom link will be updated in the near future. Join the conversation to discuss:

  • Critical information related to health and physical education
  • Resources available to support distance and in-person learning
  • Sharing of best practices
  • Opportunity to ask questions and connect with other health and physical educators
  • Grade Span Collaboration Meetings are held immediately following the Hangouts from 4 to 5 p.m.
  • Hangout Notes and Resources are emailed to participants following each conversation.

Don't Miss the 2021 Fall Health and Physical Education Advisory Sep. 22 from 9-11!
Make sure that your district has a seat at the virtual table as leaders from throughout San Diego County discuss trends, legislation, litigation, best practices, and opportunities in health and physical education. The advisory will tackle big issues, leverage assets, and develop strategies to increase students' health and physical literacy.  Click Here for more information and to register. 

California Health Education Framework Rollout Update!
There has never been a more critical time for districts and sites to focus on health education.  Resources, technical assistance, and professional learning is available to support districts and sites implement the NEW California Health Education Framework including:

  • Professional Learning:  A series of Health Education Framework professional learning is underway!  Each offering includes one 90 minute asynchronous online module and one 90 minute synchronous collaborative session. 
  • The NEW California Health Education Framework Website offers links to professional learning, curriculum, model learning activities and more!
  • Technical Assistance:  Five San Diego County Health Education Framework Leads are available to help support quality health education in your system.  Contact Paige Metz at for more information.

Curriculum Resources

A number of organizations are in the process of writing curricula to support distance learning for the 2020-21 school year that is designed to increase rigor and student learning. Below is a link to preliminary resources.

  • SDCOE Distance Learning Units of Study: Units are designed so that teachers can “cut and paste” content into any learning management system (Canvas, Google Classroom, etc). For easy access and a description of content, check out the Health and Physical Education Guide to SDCOE Distance Learning Units. Units of Study include:
    • K-5 Integrated Units: Features health and physical education sub-modules that are integrated with other content areas. Grade-level physical education (fitness and skill) addendum units are in production and will be posted soon.
    • 6-8 Thematic Units Featuring the 4 Cs: Units focused on communication and creativity are posted for grades 6, 7, and 8. Units feature submodules focused on striking, developing mature skill technique, teach-a-skill, effects of physical activity, create-a-game, create-a-dance, and personalized fitness plans. Units on critical thinking, and collaboration will be posted soon.
    • 9-12 Thematic Units by Course: Content is now posted for high school courses 1 and 2 and is designed to address the eight required content areas. These units feature submodules focused on self-defense, individual activities/sports, dual activities/sports, gymnastics/tumbling, planning physical activity for different age spans, and personalized fitness plans.

  • is actively writing/updating resources to support distance learning including curriculum and professional learning.  Keep checking back as resources are added regularly.

California Department of Education (CDE) Posts Guidance for Physical Education

CDE has posted guidance re: Executive Order N-56-20 and on the Suspension of FITNESSGRAM on the CDE Physical Education FAQs page.  There two critical pieces of guidance include:

  • The suspension of FITNESSGRAM for the 2020-21 school year means that current 9th grade students will not be eligible for a 2-year exemption for physical education until they have completed 10th grade and are 16 years of age or older. As a result, all current 9th graders should register for physical education for 10th grade during the 2021-22 school year.
  • Although the minute requirements for physical education have been waived during school closures, no other physical education requirements have been waived. LEAs are still required to provide instruction and should provide distance learning options to students.  All other Ed Code requirements related to physical education remain in effect.

Visit the CDE Physical Education FAQs page for the complete language.  Please contact Paige Metz at if you have questions or would like further clarification.

SDCOE Health and Physical Education Support and Resources

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Fit 2 Learn, Fit 4 Life

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Visit Fit 2 Learn, Fit 4 Life website to access resources for standards-based, Common Core aligned, high activity Physical Education.