The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted everyone’s life. At St. Viator Elementary School, every part of the building has seen some kind of modification and all of the classes have changed in order to keep students and teachers safe. Bottle-filling stations replaced drinking fountains and group tables were exchanged for individual desks. Desks are separated by at least 6’ and formerly communal school supplies can no longer be shared. Students are not changing classrooms between classes, but rather teachers are to limit movement throughout the building. Most grades are still in their homerooms, but one has been relocated altogether: Physical Education.
St. Viator administrators made the decision to move Physical Education (PE) classes outside as planning was underway for school reopening. Outdoor physical activity is arguably more important than ever this school year, because students are not moving about the school building in ways that they are used to and they do not necessarily have their usual sports and extracurricular activities due to the ongoing pandemic. Athletic Administrator Mr. Zajac (“Coach Z” as many call him) leads students from PK3 - 8th classrooms to the campus parking lot for Phy Ed class, fresh air and a workout. Coach Z has used the lot in the past, mainly for hockey and kickball, while using the Rec Center gym for most other Phy Ed activities. Now he utilizes the outdoor space to enable social distancing protocols while getting the students active, benefitting their physical as well as mental health.
Coach Z has students running drills u