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Health and Physical Education

 Physical Education Minute Requirements Are Back for 2021-22
All physical education minute requirements are back for the 2021-22 school year! Requirements are applicable to students who are engaged in virtual, hybrid, or in-person learning. California Ed Code guarantees:

  • Pupils in grades 1 to 6 receive physical education instruction for a total period of time not less than 200 minutes each 10 school days. (California Education Code [EC] sections 33352[b][1], 51210[a][7], 51210.1[a][1][A])
  • Pupils in grades 7-12 receive physical education instruction for a total period of time not less than 400 minutes each 10 school days. (EC sections 51222[a], 33352[b][2])

Compliance with minute requirements will continue to be part of the Federal Program Monitoring (FPM) process conducted by the Department of Education (CDE).


FITNESSGRAM Update: Critical Conversations Need to Take Place In Your District
The Physical Fitness Test (PFT) is not currently waived for the 2021-22 school year. While it is possible that CDE will have further communication regarding the status of the PFT, it is important that teachers and administrators make local decisions related to the FITNESSGRAM that consider the following:

  • FITNESSGRAM may not be accessible for students with disabilities or students who identify with a gender that's different than what's assigned at birth.
  • There is not currently standardized training or protocols to eliminate body shaming or bullying associated with aspects of PFT administration.

While CDE is convening a statewide committee to determine next steps for PFT, it is important that districts and sites determine the best course of action for their student community.


Recent Reopening Guidance
Guidance depends on level of community transmission, vaccination rates and outbreaks and is likely to fluctuate as we head back to school. The following reflects most recent guidance as of 8/3/21:

What Every District and Site Should Know About Independent Study Physical Education
As your district/site plans physical education programming, it is critical that they understand the following about Independent Student Physical Education (ISPE).

  • Independent Study is not an alternative curriculum. It is an alternative to classroom instruction that is consistent with the district's course of study. 
  • Instruction for ISPE needs to be delivered by an appropriately credentialed teacher. It cannot be administered by a coach or outside organization. 
  • ISPE needs to provide at least 200 minutes of instruction in physical education every 10 school days to pupils in grades 1-6 and 400 minutes of instruction every 10 school days to pupils in grades 7-12.
  • Every high school student needs to complete a developmental course of study and assessment of student progress in the eight required content areas
  • State fitness testing requirements need to be addressed. 

Districts and sites should note that the above requirements are all part of CDE's Federal Program Monitoring (FPM) process and are not waived. It is up to every district and site to maintain compliance with Ed Code.


Health and Physical Education Hangouts Will Resume August 11!
The 2nd Wednesday of every month, SDCOE will host a hangout for health and physical educators from 3 to 4.  Use this Zoom Link to join conversations to discuss:

  • Critical information related to health and physical education
  • Sharing of best practices
  • Opportunity to ask questions and connect with colleagues
  • Grade Span Collaboration Meetings are held immediately following the Hangouts from 4 to 5

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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. 

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