Professional Learning

Return to School PHE Guidelines


PHE Canada would like to acknowledge the contribution of the lead practitioners and researchers involved in developing the COVID-19 Pandemic: Return to School Canadian Physical and Health Education Guidelines:

  • Lori Munro-Sigfridson, President, PHE Canada, Active Healthy Living Consultant, Tri-County Regional School Board, NS 
  • Kellie Baker, Health & Physical (K-12) Educator, Health Education Council, NL  
  • Dr. Sylvie Beaudoin, Kino-Québec Research Chair, Associate Professor, Faculté des sciences de l’activité physique, Université de Sherbrooke, QC  
  • Ross Campbell, Health and Physical Education Subject Coordinator, Anglophone West School District, NB 
  • Renee Gregerson, PHE and Athletic Coordinator, Surrey Schools, BC 
  • Jodi Harding-Kuriger, President, Health and Physical Education Council, PhD Candidate, Sessional Instructor University of Alberta, AB  
  • Dr. Louise Humbert, Professor, College of Kinesiology, University of Saskatchewan, SK  
  • Grant McManes, Coordinator of Healthy Living, Louis Riel School Division, MB  
  • Lara Paterson, Physical Activity Specialist, KFL&A Public Health/Limestone District School Board, ON 
  • Maribeth Rogers Neale, Health & Physical Education Curriculum Leader, Department of Education & Lifelong Learning, PE 
  • Dr. Lauren Sulz, PHE Canada Research Council Chair, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Alberta, AB 
  • Ted Temertzoglou, Global Health & Physical Education Consultant, ON

In developing the guidelines and suggestions, PHE Canada took into consideration the work of the Canadian Healthy Schools Alliance, Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Children Outdoor and Nature Network, Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability, The Convention on the Rights of the Child, UNESCO Quality Physical Education Policy, The Global Recess Alliance, Public Health Agency of Canada, World Health Organization, Ophea’s Healthy School Certification Process, Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres, and UNICEF Canada. Without their resources and up to date information, we would not have the necessary tools to create a document such as this.  

As well, PHE Canada would like to acknowledge Dr. Megan Harrison from the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, Jane Arkell, Dr. Paula Banks, Dr. John Byl, Dr. Douglas Gleddie, Chris Markham, Dr. Lauren McNamara, Steve McGinley, Brian Torrance, Glenn Young, and the PHE Canada Council of Provinces and Territories’ PHE Teacher Associations for their contributions and review of this document.  

Finally, PHE Canada would like to thank the young students who contributed their voice, ideas, and inspiration to this document. As well, the thousands of PHE educators who go above and beyond every day to support their students' learning, many of whom we have connected with to influence this document.

Together, we are actively placing students’ well-being and healthy development at the heart of education.