Social Distancing Supports

Social Distancing Supports for PE/PA

SHAPE America’s 2020-2021 School Reentry Considerations: K-12 Physical Education, Health Education, and Physical Activity is intended to guide administrators, staff, and teachers as they prepare an environment for safe and supportive instruction in physical education, health education, and physical activity.

Schools will likely be operating under varied models of learning throughout the school year. The considerations address the following three models of learning:

  • In-school instruction with physical distancing
  • Distance learning
  • Hybrid learning (defined as a combination of in-school instruction with physical distancing and distance learning)

Supplements included in the appendix provide recommended examples of outcomes for K-12 physical education that teachers should focus on along with accompanying example activity ideas and strategies for implementation.

COVID-19 Resources for Health and Physical Education

Planning for the Next Normal at School: Physical Education and Physical Activity

Springboard to Active Schools Covid-19 Resources

Considerations for Classroom Physical Activity During Covid-19

Keeping Kids Active At Home and All Year

Physical Education and Physical Activity

Considerations for Classroom Physical Activity During COVID-19

Classroom Physical Activity Ideas and Tips

Physical Education and Physical Activity are an Integral Part of the Education Process During COVID-19

Additional Resources for Physical Education

Keeping Kids Active at Home and All Year


Tennessee Virtual Schools

The same physical education requirements for students who attend schools in-person apply to virtual school students, including the requirement that PE be taught by a licensed teacher with an endorsement in physical education. The following resources may be of particular interest to support district virtual school physical education programs.

SHAPE America Guidelines for K-12 Online Physical Education

Effective Online K-12 PE – This one-hour interactive learning module hosted by Focused Fitness is an excellent introduction to effective online instruction for K-12 physical education. Various instructional samples are provided from Tennessee educators. A certificate for 1 PD hour is automatically generated upon successful completion.

Online K-12 P.E. in Action – This follow-up module to Effective Online K-12 PE is primarily interview-based with Tennessee educators sharing their various experiences with online physical education instruction through the 2020-21 school year. A certificate for 1 PD hour is automatically generated upon successful completion.


Physical Education

Focused Fitness (free through SY 20-21)

Dynamic PE ASAP


OPEN 10 Week Priority Outcome Maps

OPEN PE NOW Instructional Modules

School Reentry Webinar Resources from SHAPE America

Test: Sworkit Kids Workouts

Adapted Physical Education

Fit 5


I Can Do It! Program

Additional Resources for Physical Activity

Classroom-Based Physical Activity Considerations

Recess Considerations

Springboard to Active Schools provides schools with key resources to easily implement strategies for classroom physical activity.

Movement-Based Learning Resources

Active Academics


Jack Hartmann Kids Music Channel

Math and Movement

PowerUp Fitness


The Walking Classroom