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Health and Physical Education

The Role of Health and Physical Educators in COVID-19 

For most of us, life looks vastly different than it did just a few weeks ago. So, what does this mean for health and physical educators? It means that students and families need us now more than ever!

While some of our students may be thriving with the stay at home order, we also know that many of our students need support with:

  • Identifying physical activity options that they can pursue and that interest them
  • Making healthy decisions
  • Achieving mental and social wellness

As districts and sites switch from enrichment activities to structured distance learning, it is critical that health and physical educators are included in the ongoing learning that takes place. Never before has it been quite this important to focus on students’ physical, emotional, and mental well-being. Now is the time for us to step up!

As teachers design distance learning, you are encouraged to consider:

  • Identifying specific needs of the students you work with
  • Making learning accessible by all students
  • Communicating with parents so they are in the loop and can support your efforts
  • Addressing the social and emotional needs of your kids
  • Identifying activities, lessons, and assignments that are fun and relevant

San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) is committed to supporting your efforts with this work in the following ways:

Thank you for all you continue to do for your families, students and communities. Your efforts truly make a difference. Take care of yourselves and stay healthy!

Health and Physical Education Coordinator
San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE)

Services include:

NEW Health Education Framework Rollout is Here!

Join us to become more familiar with the new California Health Education Framework.  SDCOE is offering Health Framework 101 on Tuesday, April 7 that will provide an overview of the new framework.  Attendees will:

  • Build competency with the eight overarching standards for health education for each of the six content areas

    • Nutrition and Physical Activity

    • Growth, Development and Sexual Health

    • Injury Prevention and Safety

    • Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drugs

    • Mental, Emotional and Social Health

    • Personal and Community Health

  • Become familiar with the features of the framework that are designed to strategically develop students’ health literacy

  • Better understand compliance requirements associated with health education

  • Identify the need to provide student-centered, skill-based learning opportunities

  • Connect with other educators to build a health education toolbox that will enhance health education programming

  • Learn about Health Education Mini-Grant opportunities that are available to support implementation of the California Health Education Framework in San Diego County


SDCOE will release opportunities to apply for Mini-Grants for districts/sites to update health education programming and implement the California Health Education Framework.  Contact Paige Metz at for more information.

Contact Paige Metz for more information.

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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. 

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