Physical Education Updates
NYSED Physical Education, Health Education, and Athletics Update ~ Spring/Summer 2021
1. Good News! New York State Physical Education Learning Standards have been approved by the NYSED Board of Regents (March 2, 2020)
- Collaboration between NYSAHPERD and multiple stakeholders with SED.
- The NYS Physical Education Learning Standards were approved unanimously by the NYSED BOR on March 2, 2020.
- Summary of the NYS Physical Education Learning Standards (2020) revision process
- Additional resources:
- Professional Development Tools
- Parent Guidance flyer
- Coming soon (Summer 2021): NYS Curriculum PE Alignment Toolkit
- *Note that we are moving forward with Implementation Timeline process and activities
A) First Aid and CPR/AED Certification Flexibility for Coaches in Response to COVID-19
- All coaches of extracurricular sports must hold valid first aid and CPR/AED certification by completing courses from a New York State Education Department (NYSED)-approved provider, or NYSED-approved courses offered by a national provider (e.g., American Red Cross).
- In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, current coaches who previously earned first aid and/or CPR/AED certification through a course from an NYSED-approved provider, and whose certification expires between March 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021, will have the certification expiration date extended to June 30, 2021.
- The First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)/Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) Certification Flexibility for Coaches of Extracurricular Sports in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic memo describes this flexibility and provides additional details, including information about online course content and acceptable coaching courses.
- Coaches who previously earned first aid and/or CPR/AED certification through a course from an NYSED-approved provider, and whose CPR/AED certification was extended through the flexibility described in the memo, do not meet the requirements of Public Health Law 3000-b(3)(a). Therefore, schools will need to ensure that there is a staff member who holds a valid CPR/AED certificate present at all athletic events.
- For additional information, please reference:
- The Office of Teaching Initiatives' webpages including:
- For questions about coaching, please contact the Office of Curriculum and Instruction at firstname.lastname@example.org or (518) 474-5922.
B) COVID-19 Update: Theory and Techniques of Coaching (Sport Specific) Course Internship Experience Flexibility
Note-December 20- Extended to 2020-2021 academic year.
- Theory and Techniques of Coaching (Sport Specific) Course Internship Experience Flexibility
- COVID-19 Update: Professional Coaching Certificate Flexibility
C) COVID -19 Update: Professional Coaching License Amendment
(Note-Extended to fall 2020, winter 2020-2021, and/or spring 2021 sports seasons). (October 2020 BOR meeting)
All coaches of extracurricular sports must complete a sport-specific theory and techniques of coaching course within five years of their initial appointment as a coach. One of the requirements in this course is an internship experience.
The Department encourages course instructors to provide opportunities for prospective and current coaches to work with P-12 or college students, mentors, and supervisors in-person or virtually using distance education instructional methods and technologies, wherever possible. If this type of interaction is not possible for the entire experience due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Department is extending the internship flexibility for the 2020-2021 academic year where course instructors may supplement the internship experience with alternative methods of instruction. However, the internship must include some virtual and/or in-person interaction with P-12 or college students.
Alternative methods of instruction must ensure that the coaches develop the knowledge and skills expected during internship experience. Examples of alternative methods of instruction include, but are not limited to, simulations, video case studies, and other coaching exercises.
Practice Guidelines for Athletic Trainers in Secondary Schools
- The New York State Committee for Athletic Training has developed and posted on the Education Department’s website “Practice Guidelines for Athletic Trainers in Secondary Schools” which emphasize the role and responsibilities of NYS certified athletic trainers in secondary schools, in accordance with NYS statute and regulation.
- Athletic Trainers working in secondary schools must be NYS certified and must work under supervision of a NYS licensed physician.
- Athletic Trainers working in secondary schools must also be familiar with Regulations of the Commissioner: Subchapter G. Health and Physical Education; Part 135, Health, Physical Education and Recreation, 8 CCRR-NY 135.4(c)(7)(d) which govern the activities of athletic trainers in the secondary school setting, and Article 162 and subpart 79.7 of the Commissioner’s regulations regarding the licensure and certification.
- These Guidelines also outline other responsibilities for athletic trainers in in secondary schools, including familiarity with the NYSED guidelines on concussion management and medication management in schools.
- For questions concerning the guidelines, contact the Office of Student Support Services at email@example.com or 518-486-6090, or the NYS Committee for Athletic Training at firstname.lastname@example.org.
American Red Cross FA/CPR/AED course update: (Verification letter for review courses) (November 2020)
Important information regarding the submission of American Red Cross courses can be found on the Submitting American Red Cross courses webpage.
Applicants can have their American Red Cross Course instructor sign and submit the following Verification of Completion of an American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED Course form to verify that they completed an Initial or Review course, and not a Challenge course. Applicants should also send their certificate of completion to email@example.com.
Erin's Law (November 2020)
In August 2019, New York State became the 37th state to sign Erin’s Law into legislation. New York State’s law, (Chapter 187 of the Laws of 2019) - known as Erin's Law - requires public schools to teach child sexual abuse and exploitation prevention classes to students in kindergarten through eighth grade. The New York State Education Department has prepared an Erin’s Law website with curriculum resources to support this endeavor and provide assistance to schools and educators. The website and resources have been developed with the help of partners such as the Department of Health, the NYSED Office of Student Support Services, the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), and the New York State Center for School Health.
- For additional information, reference the NYSED’s Erin's Law webpage.
NYSED Physical Education, Health Education, and Athletics Update ~ Summer 2020
(As of 12-11-2020 - Note that this information may constantly be updated and/or amended based on any new information that comes available.)
- NYSED's Coronavirus (COVID-19) Webpage
- Recent News from NYSED
- Feeling anxiety amid a global pandemic is normal and natural for everyone. As the adults, it's critical that we take care of our own mental and physical health, and that will help us to better support our young people. NYSED has compiled numerous resources offering guidance for self-care as well as strategies for talking about COVID-19 honestly and effectively with young people.
- Required Hands Only CPR-2020 graduating seniors exempt during COVID 19 Crisis
- Continuity of Learning
NYS Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (NYSAHPERD)
- New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (NYSAHPERD) Conference (March 8-11, 2021) in Verona, New York *
NYS Council of Administrators Conference
- New York State Council of Administrators Conference (March 8-11, 2021) in Verona, New York
Society for Health and Physical Education of America (SHAPE)
- Society for Health and Physical Education of America (SHAPE), National Conference Salt Lake City, Utah (April 13-17, 2021)
NYS Athletic Administrators Association
- New York State Athletic Administrators Association (NYSAAA) Leadership Training Program and Certification Program *
- New York State Athletic Administrators Association (NYSAAA) Annual Conference 2020 SARATOGA SPRINGS – (March 16-19, 2021) *
* Note- NYSAAA and NYSAHPERD are both approved for NYSED CTLE credit.