I have started to see PE related videos come over our Facebook and YouTube. I think this is great for those student who can access them. We have many, 300 or half of my students, to be exact, who do not have access to the internet. I offer some low pressure alternative to structured PE during time away from school.
PE Activities Happening While at Home
I see many parents walking to the store with their little ones. Many of the parents in my school community do not have cars and rely on vanpools to get them to their places of employment. As I drive through my attendance area I see that my kiddos are getting exercise. They are walking to and from the corner markets. On the way home they carry a gallon of milk or a bag full of essential groceries. I see kids at the park running, swinging, playing with pets, while parents watch on. Right now, we do not need to worry about pushing PE curriculum. Districts should be encouraging our kids to get outside in the fresh air. Being outside is allowed by the mandates brought by the State. We need to give our parents and students some compassion and know that they are doing the best they can during these difficult times.
As a small kid I can remember walking to and from the store. I remember riding bikes around the neighborhood. I ran with my mom starting around third grade. I still run and do CrossFit on a regular basis. Parents can be a great example of how to stay physically fit during this time while schools are closed.