Health and Physical Education
Health and Physical Education
Health and Physical Education teaches our students that good health and safety principles can lead to a lifetime of healthy practices, resulting in more productive, active, and successful lives.
Back to School Considerations
- Department of Health (DOH) K-12 Schools Fall 2021-2022 Guidance (PE/sports pages 14-16; updated 8/11/21)
- DOH Sports and Fitness Guidance during COVID-19 (7/2/21)
- Sporting Activities COVID-19 Requirements (archived)
- Fitness and Training COVID-19 Requirements (archived)
- Employer Health and Safety Requirements for School Scenarios (updated 3/25/21 PE on pg. 12, 22-23)
- Physical Education considerations document
- Health Education considerations document
- Considerations for Outdoor Learning (NEW!)
- SHAPE America reopening resources (updated)
- Under Washington state law, Physical Education is part of basic education and a requirement for high school graduation. Physical Education is part of a well-rounded education in Federal law. OSPI is issuing an emergency temporary rule change to WAC 392-410-135 from August 24, 2020 to December 24, 2020. Please see Laws and Regulations page.
- Physical Education is an equity issue. State of Play report reveals that students of color have less access to Physical Education, Physical Activity, and Sports than white students.
- It is important to differentiate between physical education and physical activity, and for school leaders to understand their role in providing students with opportunities for both.
Specific Health Education Recommendations
- King County CPR/AED resources for distance learning (note: frontload CPR/AED education to students via remote learning, however students need to demonstrate skills in CPR/AED on actual CPR manikins and AED trainer in accordance to RCW 28A.230.179)
Register for upcoming training in our state (many online options)
The WACs and RCWs that outline Health and Physical Education requirements in our state.
The Health and Physical Education Standards and grade-level outcomes describe what students should know and be able to do. They establish the concepts and skills necessary for safe and healthy living, and in turn, for successful learning.
The OSPI-developed assessments are the state assessment models designed to help schools and districts determine whether students have met the health and physical education learning standards.
The School Health Profiles (Profiles) is a survey conducted in Washington State every two years by OSPI and the Washington State Department of Health (DOH).
Resources for educators to ensure student achievement in health and physical education.
Physical Health Education Newsletters
- October 2019 Physical Health Education Newsletter
- September 2019 Physical Health Education Newsletter
- Summer 2019 Physical Education Newsletter
- May 2019 Physical Education Newsletter
- April 2019 Physical Education Newsletter
- February 2019 Physical Education Newsletter
- January OSPI Content Integration Newsletter
- January 2019 Physical Education Newsletter