Physical Education

Physical education provides K-12 students with a planned, sequential, standards-based program of curricula and instruction designed to develop motor skills, knowledge, and behaviors for active living, physical fitness, teamwork, self-efficacy, and emotional intelligence. The skills and knowledge gained by students through physical education are especially necessary during the COVID-19 pandemic. SHAPE America and CDC recommend that all students participate in physical education. Below are considerations for the physical environment, personal hygiene, equipment safety and sanitation, and instructional strategies for physical education.

Considerations for Students in Face to Face Physical Education Classes:

  • Students need to come to school dressed in clothes and footwear that are appropriate for participation in physical education, whether indoors or outdoors, and eliminate the requirement that students must change into a physical education uniform for participation in physical education. (Locker Rooms will not be available for students to change to begin the school year)


  • Students need to bring an individual water bottle to use during Physical Education Class.


  • Students will be advised to wash hands, wear masks, and comply with social distancing guidelines in class.


  • Students will not be able to share any PE Equipment with other students during class.

Physical education is an important component of the educational school day, and current brain research supports the importance of physical activity at school to promote learning. Research also shows that children and adolescents who are physically active grow into healthier adults.


Physical Education in Orange County Public Schools is designed to give students the opportunity to learn through a comprehensive sequentially planned program in accordance with Florida Sunshine State Standards. Middle school students are provided the opportunity to learn through the application of movement skills, fitness concepts, and team related activities which enhance decision making. Psychological and sociological concepts are the cornerstone of the middle school physical education program.

The mission of the physical education staff is to offer a program of instruction in lifetime physical activities and health education components that relate directly to the well-being of our students. Learning experiences have been developed to provide a comprehensive program of developmental activities (6th grade), skill-based instruction (7th grade), and sports education team models (8th grade) within the middle school experience.

Florida Department of Education PE COURSE DESCRIPTION - GRADES 6-8.pdf