Hygiene standards to maintain with school-based physical education and school sport during the COVID-19 pandemic

At the CEREPS Summit 2021 in Bratislava the executive board of CEREPS decided to elaborate recommendations and actions under hygiene standards to maintain with school-based physical education and school sport during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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At that time in autumn 2021 school closure and other lockdowns across Europe already effected physical and psychosocial health of children and adolescents as many national studies on COVID-19 impact documented.

The Bratislava Summit with support of FIEPS studies was the starting point to launch a collection and analysis of COVID-19 studies on children and adolescents, their parents and PE teachers how pre-COVID-19 developments of physical activity, active lifetime behaviour and quality of wellbeing changed due to the consequences of national lock down policies for schools and other institutions in Europe. Furthermore, the task was to detect important items and steps for recovery of physical education and school sport after the COVID-19 pandemic.

A working group was established on behalf of CEREPS. An intermediate report of project results was a part of the CEREPS Summit 2022 Programme at Cork University College in May 2022. Only recently in August, the project finished with a CEREPS Consensus Statement on recovery of PE and school sport from COVID-19 lockdowns.

The Consensus Statement includes two parts: a list of recommendations and proposed actions to take during and after the Corona lockdowns and an extended Corona review study on different pre-Corona developments compared with results after one or more lockdowns during the years of 2020 and 2021.

The CEREPS Consensus Statement is available here and from the CEREPS Publications page.

The CEREPS consensus statement of physical education and school sport for recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe -Scientific Background is available here and in the CEREPS Publications page.