Gym class will be limited or eliminated for millions of pupils as schools go all-online or open with limited offerings, Axios Sports author Kendall Baker writes.
- Why it matters: While classroom learning can be done virtually, it's nearly impossible to replicate physical education — which plays a crucial role in kids' physical and mental health — through a screen.
- And with sports on hold in most states, P.E. is the only physical activity outlet some kids have.
Even schools offering in-person instruction this fall must re-imagine what gym class looks like amid a pandemic, with kids unable to share balls or equipment and with strict social distancing and sanitation guidelines in place.
- While tech-savvy teachers have been hosting live workouts on apps like Facebook and Instagram, others wouldn't even know where to begin.
Youth sports organizations helped ensure that kids got their daily 60 minutes of exercise this summer by hosting Zoom workouts, offering virtual training and providing parents with tips and ideas.
- Some organizations will continue in that role once school resumes. But with youth sports participation on the decline — particularly among lower-income families — the majority of students will rely solely on P.E.
Our thought bubble: The social interaction alone is something kids desperately need, particularly when they've been cooped up for months and won't be chatting with friends in hallways or socializing in lunchrooms.