Curriculum and Instruction


NEW-Commissioner’s Regulations to Require Instruction in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation and the use of
Automated External Defibrillators.

Students in senior high school shall be provided instruction in hands-only cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the use of an automated external defibrillator at least once before graduation.

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See link: https://yourethecure.org/aha/advocacy/details.aspx?BlogId=2&PostId=4139

NFHS Coaching Course New York State (NYS) Specific Second Pathway Guidelines

Effective July 1, 2015, coaches in New York State (NYS) will be able to pursue a second alternative pathway to complete the 3 NYS required coaching courses (Principles, Philosophy and organization of Athletics in Education, Health Sciences Applied to Coaching, and Theory & Techniques of Coaching (Sport Specific) by utilizing the NFHS online coaching courses (AIC-Level 1 and CIC-Level 2) and completion of an internship in accordance with guidelines.

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See link: https://nfhslearn.com/home/coaching_requirement Effective July 1st 2015.

Competitive Cheerleading--Interscholastic Sport

In April 2014, the Board of Regents recognized Competitive Cheerleading as an interscholastic sport effective for the 2014-15 winter season. Competitive cheerleading is defined as cheerleading teams who perform various athletic activities, including stunts, pyramids and/or tosses, jumps and tumbling. For further information about implementation, please see Competitive Cheerleading—Frequently Asked Questions at: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/ciai/pe/toolkitdocs/Comp_Cheer_FAQ_Dec2014.docx

Congratulations to the 2014 PEP Grant Winners from New York State!

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded 67 grants totaling more than $33 million to Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and community-based organizations that plan to implement comprehensive, integrated physical activity and nutrition programs for their students through the Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP). Funding is intended to assist these entities with initiating, expanding, or enhancing physical education and nutrition education programs, including after-school programs, for students in kindergarten through 12th grades. Through these programs, it is expected that students will develop an appreciation for lifelong, healthy nutrition and physical education habits, and make progress toward meeting their state standards for physical education.

"A healthy, active lifestyle is an important ingredient of academic success," U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said. "These grants are a resource to help schools and communities develop programs that teach students the importance of staying active and developing healthy lifestyles. We need more states, districts, schools and communities to recognize the critically important role of physical education in improving student engagement and achievement."

Grant recipients must implement programs that help students make progress toward meeting their state standards for physical education. In addition, these programs must undertake the following: 1) instruction in healthy eating habits and good nutrition, and 2) physical fitness activities that include at least one of the following:

  • fitness education and assessment to help students understand, improve, or maintain their physical well-being
  • instruction in a variety of motor skills and physical activities designed to enhance the physical, mental, and social or emotional development of every student
  • development of and instruction in cognitive concepts about motor skills and physical fitness that support a lifelong healthy lifestyle
  • opportunities to develop positive social and cooperative skills through physical activity participation and
  • opportunities for professional development for physical education teachers to stay abreast of the latest research, issues, and trends in the field of physical education.

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Healthy Students manages the PEP grants and supports efforts to create safe schools, ensure the health and well-being of students, teach students good citizenship and character, respond to crises, and prevent drug and alcohol abuse. For additional information on the PEP grant program, visit http://www2.ed.gov/programs/whitephysed/index.html.

The 2014 New York State School Districts and Community Based organizations winners and funding amounts are as follows:

Holley Central School District NY $441,840
LeRoy Central School District NY $445,037
St. Christophers Incorporated NY $557,861
Clyde-Savannah Central School District NY $358,468
I Challenge Myself, Inc. NY $219,622
Olean City School District NY $409,217
Lewiston-Porter Central School District NY $701,703

The National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) has released the National Coaching Report

The National Coaching Report:
*Provides evidence of the need for quality coaching education at the youth and interscholastic sport levels.
*Illustrates the need to increase the quality of training adults receive prior to engaging in coaching responsibilities.
*Is a resource and advocacy tool for developing policy and legislation that requires coaching education. To download a copy go to: http://www.aahperd.org/naspe/coachingReport/pdf_files/fullReport.pdfExternal Link

Office of State Comptroller To Audit Physical Education Compliance

The Office of the State Comptroller (OSC) will be auditing school district compliance to the Regulations of the Commissioner, Section 135.4 on physical education. A guidance tool(PDF, 40KB) has been developed by SED at the request of OSC to complete these audits. Technical assistance is available from SED on meeting these requirements. Contact the Office of Curriculum and Instructon for further questions and/or assistance at emscurric@mail.nysed.gov

“Walk to School Annual Writing Contest”

The NYS Partnership for Walk Our Children to School sponsors an annual writing contest to promote walkable communities that can create safer and healthier children and adults. Each year students in elementary grades 1-5 are invited to participate in the contest. Finalists will receive a prize package, which includes a “Certificate of Achievement.”

The NYS Partnership members are:
New York State Governor's Traffic Safety Committee
New York State Department of Transportation
Be Active New York State

To find out more about this program, go to: www.nyswalks.orgExternal Link or www.walktoschool.orgExternal Link

Physical Education Requirement

The Department has issued a field memo dated January 2007, regarding Physical Education Programs in response to concerns that certain school districts may not be providing programs that lead to the attainment of NYS learning standards. This memo provides guidance for schools to better ascertain their compliance with Section 135.4 of the Commissioner's Regulations. School districts are encouraged to review the field memo to ensure that they are in compliance with the number of days per week and total minutes per week that are required for physical education at each grade level. Field memo and regulations(PDF, 34KB)

New York State Department of Health, Swimming Pool Regulations

NYS State Sanitary Code, Subpart 6-1 – Swimming Pools
Effective November 7, 2007: All school swimming pools must have one lifeguard for every 3,400 square feet or less:


Pool Size


3,400 sq. ft.


3,401 – 6,800 sq. ft


6,801 – 11,200 sq. ft

If the physical education teacher is a certified lifeguard they may fulfill the lifeguard requirement, however, if they are providing instruction and subject to distraction, a second person is required to be in the pool for bather supervision and injury prevention. 

Effective January 1, 2008*, the secondary person must possess an American Red Cross Lifeguard Management course certificate or other course approved by the NYS Department of Health. (Check with your local Health Department regarding other acceptable certifications)

*if a school is having difficulty completing the training requirement, they may apply to the NYS DOH for an extension of time to complete the training.

MRSA Resources (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus)
A joint Health Advisory on MRSA by the New York State Education Department and the New York State Department of Health on MRSA and resources for schools may be found on the Statewide School Health Services Center web page at: www.schoolhealthservicesny.comExternal Link Click on the “A-Z Index” then click on “M” for the Health Advisory

Last Updated: October 28, 2015