Physical Education and Physical Activity

Physical education (PE) is a required academic subject that teaches participation in lifelong, health-enhancing physical activity. In PE, students learn to work as a team, develop healthy personal fitness habits, and set fitness goals now and throughout their lives. Like other academic subjects, PE is based on a curriculum, with learning standards. Students learn a wide range of skills in PE, not just sports.

Children and teens should be physically active for at least 60 minutes every day. Physical education and physical activity are important because they help young people stay healthy and alert, and can improve academic achievement. Exercise and daily physical activity can help students manage their stress and focus better on their lessons. 

As part of the City and the DOE’s focus on the social and emotional well-being of all our students during the reopening of schools, the Bridge to School plan is designed to help schools create a safe, supportive learning environment centered around addressing the trauma caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

See what our students say about the power of movement:

Like other academic subject areas, if your child cannot be in the school building, the school should provide PE instruction via remote learning. While your child is at home, you can support their learning and encourage them to participate in physical activity every day with the following free resources.

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