Educating our kids has taken on new meaning during COVID-19. While the education process varies from district to district and school to school, one principle remains constant: it is vital to prioritize kids’ health and well-being. Physical education (PE) is a key contributor to physical and mental health during and after the pandemic.
We’re making March ALL ABOUT PE: why it’s so important, how it’s made a difference during the pandemic, and how parents and taxpayers can advocate for PE moving forward. Join the Active Schools movement, comprised of 90+ partner organizations and over 44,000 registered individuals (champions), for #PEMovingForward, a social media campaign to celebrate and advocate for PE!
School districts are making decisions NOW about how to conduct and fund education for school year 2021-22, so let the decision-makers know what you want and expect for your child and all students.
5 WAYS YOU CAN SUPPORT PE
- Pledge your support for PE – become an Active Schools champion; it’s free and takes only 1 minute.
- Post your PE stories on social media using the hashtag #PEMovingForward.
- March 1-7 (and anytime!): Show Us Your PE – post stories, photos, videos, etc. of what PE has looked like for your child or students this year.
- March 8-14 (and anytime!): Thank a PE Teacher – tag your child’s PE teacher and/or school and give them a shout-out.
- Learn tried-and-true parent and taxpayer PE advocacy strategies – participate in a free 1-hour webinar on Monday, March 15, 3-4pm ET / 2-3pm CT / 1-2pm MT / 12-1pm PT – REGISTER HERE.
- Hear from the experts at the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE America) and three parents who have successfully advocated for PE.
- Email or send a letter about the importance of PE to your principal, superintendent, and school board – use these easy template letters.
- Advocate for PE on social media – use hashtag #PEMovingFoward and tag (@) your school, principal, school district, superintendent, and school board members; you could also tag members of your district’s health/wellness advisory committee and your school’s health/wellness advisory committee and PTA/PTO.
- “Mama, I can’t sit here any longer.” How PE Changed My Daughter’s Year – and My Perspective (Leer en español)
- Like Mother, Like Daughter: Finding the Joy in PE Across Generations (Leer en español)
- Prioritizing PE Post-Pandemic: An Interview with PE Teacher Danielle Branciforti
- Perspectives from Parents Who Teach PE
- PE is More than Just Physical Education
Key Physical Education Information and Advocacy Resources
- It’s Time to Prioritize Health & Physical Education from SHAPE America
- Strengthen Physical Education in Schools from Springboard to Active School
- Exercise Their Minds from Voices for Healthy Kids
- Physical Education and Physical Activity from CDC
- Physical Education Along with Physical Activity: Kids Need Both from SHAPE America