• Health and Physical Education

    Pflugerville ISD Health and Physical Education
    1440 W. Pecan Street
    Pflugerville, TX 78660-2319

    Deena Bosier - Assistant Athletic Director 
    Phone (512) 594-9500
    Fax (512) 594-0161
    Office Hours: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

     

    Statement of Policy

    The PfISD Health and Physical Education program are designed to provide a positive learning experience for everyone. The health education program will focus on healthy living; fitness behaviors, nutrition, drugs, human sexuality, relationships, and coping with grief and death. The physical education program will focus on physical fitness, skill development in various individual and team sports, and most importantly, active participation. 

    Students will acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for wellness. Wellness addresses the social, physical and mental health aspects of lifelong habits.
     
    Elementary school students in full-time Pre K, K-5 are required to receive moderate or vigorous physical activity.  There are 3 different options for K-5 structured physical activity in PfISD through physical education class - 30 minutes daily, 135 minutes weekly or 225 minutes biweekly every other day.  The implementation of the above may vary from campus to campus.  
    Middle school students in PfISD grades 6-7 are required to participate in physical education for at least 30 minutes daily for at least 4 semesters during these grade levels.

    High school students in 9-12 are required to participate in one year of physical education to meet graduation requirements.

     

    Coordinated School Health  

    Coordinated School Health must be directed toward the needs of students, responsive to the needs of families and reflective of the values of the local community.  It is required for grades K-8 and incorporates the whole child. The Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child or WSCC model CDC's framework for addressing health in schools.  It is student-centered and emphasizes the role of the community in supporting the school, the connections between health and academic achievement and the importance of evidence-based school policies and practices. The WSCC has 10 components: physical education and physical activity, nutrition environment and services, health education, social and emotional school climate, physical environment, health services, counseling, psychological and social services, employee wellness, and community involvement. 
      

    Fitnessgram

     
    After a thorough review, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) identified FITNESSGRAM as the assessment tool to be used by all districts throughout the state.  Each student participating in any physical activity requirement in grades 3-12 must complete a yearly fitness assessment. A parent may request in writing a copy of their child's physical fitness assessment results from the campus.  All information regarding this physical fitness assessment is available at www.fitnessgram.net. 
     

    Off-Campus Physical Education

    The purpose of the OCPE Program is to accommodate students who are making a serious effort to develop higher-level skills in a specific activity that exceed what the school district can offer through the general physical education program.  The program is a cooperative arrangement between Pflugerville ISD, the student, and an approved off-campus agency selected by the student. Activity programs that may be considered for the physical education credit are swimming, diving, dancing, rowing, fencing, equestrian, ice hockey or ice skating, gymnastics, martial arts, weight lifting, lacrosse, ballet, synchronized swimming, and boxing. 

      
    Counselor: Give guidance on process and filling out correct forms for submission.
     
    Students: The deadline to apply for OCPE is June 1. Initially, a completed application should be submitted to the campus counselor. Any information needed by a parent or student should be requested at the campus the student will attend. A student returning to the program, at the same campus, and with the same agency will yearly submit a recommendation letter from the agency to continue in the program.
     
    Agency Applications:  Any agency private or commercially-sponsored must provide documentation to the PFISD Curriculum and Instruction Department that demonstrates exceptional quality, a professionally trained staff, and the use of standards to verify participation of the student. New agency applications are accepted Jan. 1 - July 1, however, a completed and approved application must be on file prior to any student approval to the PfISD OCPE program for both Category 1 and Category 2 before a student will be eligible.
     
     
    Any agency that has been inactive for 2 years will be terminated and asked to re-submit an application to the district's all agencies will have the opportunity every year (Jan. 1 - July 1) to update any former information that may have changed.
     

    Human Sexuality

    The local health credit offered to students 8-12 grade will cover age-appropriate topics related to human sexuality instruction.  The components discussed follow the Texas Education Knowledge and Skills through the high school health education class.  Teachers should send information to opt-out of this curriculum in advance of the unit. 
     
    PfISD with guidance from SHAC has approved Big Decisions for the comprehensive program that will be used for 7 and 8th graders to learn about Human Sexuality. Information about the program may be found in the Notice of Intent Letter.
     

    KICKSTART KIDS

    A nonprofit organization dedicated to giving middle school students the tools and support necessary to resolve conflicts, choose positive peer groups, choose a drug-­free lifestyle, resist negative peer pressure, and remain in school until they graduate. Students in the program achieve a higher level of academic success and ultimately become more productive members of their communities.  

    KICKSTART KIDS is recognized through the TEA (Texas Education Agency) allowing Texas’ independent school districts to award up to two PE credits for participation by the students. 

    SHAC  

    The School Health Advisory Council (SHAC), comprised of parents and community stakeholders, collaborates to establish healthy behaviors in children. Through the SHAC, effective health education, age-appropriate behavior interventions, and injury prevention strategies are created which can: 
    • Increase academic performance
    • Decrease absenteeism and drop-outs
    • Reduce the risk of premature death
    • Decrease healthcare costs
    • Improve economic productivity 
     
    Each district must establish a local school wellness policy for all schools participating in the National School Lunch Program and/or School Breakfast program under the jurisdiction of the district. The local school wellness policy is a written plan that includes methods to promote student wellness, prevent and reduce childhood obesity, and provide assurance that school meals and other food and beverages sold and otherwise made available on the school campus during the school day are consistent with applicable minimum federal standards. 

    The School Health Advisory Committee reviews and asses the PfISD Wellness Policy. The Wellness plan was approved by the Pflugerville ISD Board and issued into local policy in August 2017.

     
     
    RESOURCES

    Associations for Health and PE Teachers

    Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (TAHPERD) 

    Shape America 

    American Association for Health Education 

    Web Links

    American Cancer Society

    Find out about events, news, resources, volunteer opportunities, and more.

    American Diabetes Association
    The American Diabetes Association is the nation's leading nonprofit health organization providing diabetes research, information, and advocacy. The mission of the organization is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by the disease.

    American Heart Association
    Our mission is to reduce disability and death from cardiovascular diseases and stroke. That single purpose drives all we do. The need for our work is beyond question.

    American Lung Association
    The American Lung Association fights lung disease in all its forms, with special emphasis on asthma, tobacco control, and environmental health.

    American Red CrossASCD
    The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development is a unique international, nonprofit, nonpartisan association of professional educators whose jobs across all grade levels and subject areas.

    ASHA 
    The American School Health Association unites the many professionals working in schools who are committed to safeguarding the health of school-aged children. The Association, a multidisciplinary organization of administrators, counselors, dentists, health educators, physical educators, school nurses, and school physicians, advocates high-quality school health instruction, health services, and a healthful school environment.

    BAM! 
    A website brought to you by the CDC, for teachers and kids. The site provides teachers with interactive activities to support health instruction. Kids can visit the interactive website to learn about ways to make their bodies and minds healthier, stronger, and safer (www.bam.gov)

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recognized as the lead federal agency for protecting the health and safety of people--at home and abroad--providing credible information to enhance health decisions and promoting health through strong partnerships. CDC serves as the national focus for developing and applying disease prevention and control, environmental health, and health promotion and education activities designed to improve the health of the people of the United States.

    Drug And Violence Education
    HEALTHteacher.com is provided as an alternative approach to improving school-based health education. HEALTHteacher.com provides a comprehensive, sequential K-12 health education curriculum that consists of almost 300 lesson guides that meet National Health Education Standards and provide skills-based assessment methods  

    The It’s Time Texas Community Challenge, presented by H-E-B, is a free, statewide competition in which Texas communities compete to see which can demonstrate the greatest commitment to healthy living. In its fifth year, the Community Challenge gets mayors, community members, schools, businesses and organizations earning points for their cities and towns by making healthy choices.  

    NASPE
    The National Association for Sport and Physical Education seeks to enhance knowledge and professional practice in sport and physical activity through scientific study and dissemination of research-based and experiential knowledge to members and the public.

    National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity
    The National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity's mission is to unite the strengths of public, private, and industry efforts into collaborative partnerships that inspire and empower all Americans to lead more physically active lifestyles.

    Operation Lifesaver
    Operation Lifesaver is a national, non-profit education and awareness program dedicated to ending tragic collisions, fatalities and injuries at highway-rail grade crossings and on railroad rights of way.

    PBS Teacher Sources
    Find everything from educator resources to national and state curriculum standards. Search the database of more than 2000 lesson plans and activities.

    PE 4 Life
    P.E. 4Life is a national, non-profit advocacy organization that serves as the collective voice for promoting quality, daily physical education programs for America's youth.

    PE Central
    Welcome to the premier Web site for health and physical education teachers, parents, and students. Our goal is to provide the latest information about developmentally appropriate physical education programs for children and youth.

    PE Links 4 U
    "Promoting Active and Healthy Lifestyles"

    PE Software
    Provider of software, instructional materials, consulting services and professional development in the field of physical education.

    Shape America
    Texas Association of Health Physical Education Recreation and Dance is a professional association of people in the allied fields of health education, recreation, and dance.

    Texas Children's Hospital
    An organization dedicated to excellence in pediatric healthcare.

    Texas Department of Agriculture
    Making Texas the nation's leader in agriculture, while promoting excellence in children's nutrition, rural economic development and providing efficient and extraordinary service.

    This site provides information for parents, teachers and other school personnel, grants, financial aid, education resources, research, and policies.

    VERB
    It's what you do. The verb is a youth media campaign, sponsored by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), intended to encourage positive, healthy activity among youth.