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Physical Education

A balanced Physical Education program provides each student with an opportunity to develop their individual motor skills, physical fitness and social and emotional skills.

Teacher Hire (TH) and Professional Development (PD) Grant applications are now available. Please click the links below to access the grant application forms to be used in applying for either grant. Grant Funding is conditional on the Governor signing the final budget for 2019-2021 Biennium.

TH PEEK 8 Application 2019 -21

PD PEEK-8 Application 2019-20

Standards

Oregon Physical Education Standards and Standards-based Resources

Physical Education Requirements
Senate Bill 4

Physical Education is a required academic content area to be taught in grades K-12. (OAR 581-021-0200)

Senate Bill 4 amended ORS 329.496 and requires K-5 (6) students receive 150 minutes per week for the entire school year and students in grades 6-8 receive 225 minutes per week for the entire school year.

Legislative Requirements and Supporting Documentation
Safety of School Sports - Concussions

During the 2009 Session, the Legislature passed Senate Bill 348 in an attempt to respond to the serious issue of sports-related concussion injuries as a result of inappropriate treatment and diagnosis. This legislation requires individuals engaged in athletic coaching in Oregon be annually trained in recognizing the signs and symptoms of a concussion and how to seek proper medical treatment for a person suspected of having a concussion.

Anabolic Steroids and Performance-enhancing Substances

Since 2007 with the leadership of the Legislature through ORS 342.726, ODE responded to the very serious issue of use and abuse of anabolic steroids and performance enhancing substances (ASPES) among school-age children.

Automated External Defibrillators (AED) in Schools

An automated external defibrillator (AED) is a portable electronic device that analyzes cardiac rhythm and prompts a user to deliver a shock when necessary. Its purpose is to jolt abnormal heart rhythm, such as ventricular fibrillation, back to normal sinus rhythm.

PEEK-8 Grant Information

The PEEK-8 grants were established by the 2007 Oregon Legislature through the passage of HB 3141.  The Physical Education Expansion K-8 (PEEK-8) Teacher Hire and Professional Development Grants are designed to support activities related to meeting the physical education instructional requirements for students in kindergarten through grade 8 as described in OAR 581-020-0250. 

Students in Kindergarten through grade 5 shall participate in at least 150 minutes of physical education during each school week throughout the school year; and students in grades 6–8 shall participate in at least 225 minutes of physical education during each school week.

Grants for the next biennium are dependent upon funding from the legislature. ODE will post grant applications pending legislative approval and the Governor signs the budget. Please check the website frequently for updates.

  • The Professional Development Grant enables school districts and public charter schools to provide evidence-based professional development that will lead to quality physical education instruction and meet the K-8 minute requirements. 
  • The Teacher Hire Grant enables school districts and public charter schools to hire licensed physical education teachers. It is designed to support activities related to meeting the physical education instructional requirements for students in kindergarten through grade 8 as described in OAR 581-020-0250. 

 Appropriate Practices from the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE AMERICA) will be used as a measure for the implementation of the PEEK-8 Teacher Hire/Professional Development grants. Applicants will develop and include a SMART goal for each appropriate practice on the template provided in the grant application Appropriate Practices for Elementary School Physical Education.

Resources
Title IV-A: Student Support and Academic Enrichment (SSAC) Grant

Please contact Suzanne Hidde, Education Specialist, with questions or for more information.

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