Physically Distanced Physical Education

Preparing for Modified In-person PE Instruction During a Pandemic


"After completing the online Physically Distance PE course, I feel more prepared to return to in-person instruction. I had some ideas on what I thought I was going to do, but after this course it has better prepared me with great ideas for a safe and healthy PE class. The instructor was great at feedback and adding his own ideas to help when making lesson plans. I would recommend this course to anyone going back into the classroom." - Becky, K-8 PE teacher, MD

This course will take approximately 10 hours to complete and you can purchase optional 1 Continuing Ed Unit from Adams State University. If you have any questions about the course, please email us at "[email protected]".


We are excited about your interest in taking this online course from PE Central. Below you will find a brief course description, the instructor's biography, and course FAQ's. We estimate that this course will take 10 hours to complete. Once you have completed it, you may request the 10 PD hours towards your teacher licensure re-certification. In addition, you can purchase 1 Continuing Education Unit (CEU) from Adams State University. If you have any questions please email us at "[email protected]".
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Course Description:

We have become familiar with “social distancing” a.k.a. “physical distancing” in our daily lives, but with many schools returning to in-person instruction, it is time to adjust our “usual” PE instruction for this unusual time. We must teach Physically Distanced PE. In this course, we will explore some of the myriad considerations, evaluate how our existing PE program does/does not fit the needs of Physically Distanced PE, modify existing lessons and create brand new ones accordingly. In this course, 1) I will provide considerations, strategies, and ideas, and 2) you will confront and overcome the challenges created by physically distanced PE. By engaging with the content and resources provided, you will be able to modify your PE instruction to best address students’ needs as well as staff/student safety.

Note: This course is not built to simply provide physically distanced lessons and ideas that are prepackaged and ready to implement with your classes. Provided are links to websites and resources that I have found that do contain those. Click here for syllabus.

Target Audience:

This course has been designed for K-12 PE teachers, camp counselors, after-school activity leaders or anyone else who is or will be providing PE instruction during the pandemic. Many of us have already experienced some amount of distance teaching/learning, but with the 2020-21 academic year approaching, many schools are considering physically re-opening, which will require very careful consideration and modification, not least of which is physical distancing.

Course Purpose/Objectives:

  • Explore various options for in-person, physically distanced PE
  • Explore various safety considerations we must address in our PE classes AND safety considerations we need admin/district-level staff to be aware of
  • Discuss differences in school settings, and how that will affect PE instruction during a pandemic
  • Discuss the three main possibilities for school restarting in the 2020-21 academic year (fully remote, hybrid remote/in-person, and fully in-person)

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, users will be able to:

  • Identify how the pandemic has and will affect PE instruction broadly, as well as in the user’s specific teaching environment
  • Adapt their instruction to address safety concerns as well as students’ learning needs
  • Identify key “can dos” and “can’t dos” when it comes to PE during a pandemic
  • Communicate key information with school administrators and parents
  • Create modified PE lesson plans


This course addresses the following standards: (Source: SHAPE America Standards for Health and Physical Education in the US)

Physical Education – The physically literate individual:

  • Standard 1: Demonstrates competency in a variety of motor skills and movement patterns.
  • Standard 2: Applies knowledge of concepts, principles, strategies, and tactics related to movement and performance.
  • Standard 4: Exhibits responsible personal and social behavior that respects self and others.
  • Standard 5: Recognizes the value of physical activity for health, enjoyment, challenge, self-expression, or social interaction.

Health – Students will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Standard 4: Use interpersonal communication skills to enhance health and avoid or reduce health risks.
  • Standard 5: Use decision-making skills to enhance health.
  • Standard 6: Use goal-setting skills to enhance health.
  • Standard 7: Practice health-enhancing behaviors and avoid or reduce health risks.
  • Standard 8: Advocate for personal, family, and community health.

Viewing External Content:

At times throughout the course, students will be instructed to visit external sites to view videos, articles, or both. Each time external content will open in a new, separate window, which will require students to close when completed and return to the course.

CEU Credit Available for this Course!

This course is available for CEU credits. If you are interested in receiving these credits through the college, click here for more information.


Sharing of lessons, learning platforms, and other material created solely for the purpose course is not allowed. This material is for paid course participants only.

Your Instructor

Dustin Yakoubian
Dustin Yakoubian

Dustin is a physical education and health teacher currently teaching in California public schools. He is the creator/instructor of multiple PD Courses on PECentral, including Add International Flair to PE with 5 Modified Games; Bringing Tech & Library Skills into PE; and Physically Distanced PE. He is also the author of the book The New PE Teacher’s Handbook (available in paperback and ebook) with guidance for both new and experienced PE teachers, covering job hunting, creating and elevating your PE program, as well as 80 ready-to-use lesson plans. Dustin has also written for various blogs on the topics of international education, physical education, and action sports.

Dustin has 15+ years of full-time PE teaching experience, both in the US and abroad. Dustin has taught PE at private international schools in China and Thailand, as well as public schools in Massachusetts and California. Dustin received a B.S. in Physical Education and a M.Ed. in International Education with ESL Specialization.

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