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Physical Activity

ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION

Brooklyn Center Community Schools supports Safe Routes to Schools and provides opportunities for our students and family members to get to school by walking or biking. The school sites host annual or semi-annual events on International Walk to School Day, in October, and on International Bike to School Day, in May, each year. For more information about the Safe Routes to School programs please visit the national website. We look forward to seeing you on the streets for our next Walk or Bike to School Day event!


BCCS is increasing the focus on Active Transportation in the 2022-23 school year, with an Accessible Active Transportation campaign and updating our Safe Routes To School programming. Included in this programming, students in various grades will participate in Walk, Bike, Fun! curriculum in Phy. Ed. classes in the fall and spring. We are also initiating a District SRTS Steering Committee and welcome students, families and community members. Please email mauld@bccs286.org to receive the meeting schedule and more information. This committee will help guide the implementation of our MNDOT Boost grant, which is funding a district bike fleet over the spring of 2023!


From mindful movement informational videos to nutrition education and from full-length yoga classes to mindful moments, the BCCS Wellness YouTube channel has over 60 videos to support your wellbeing skills. 

Physical Activity During the School Day

Recess

Recess provides students with not only physical benefits, but also mental, social and emotional benefits. Brooklyn Center Elementary STEAM students participate in daily recess, with inclusive activities, accessible for each student, that increase total physical activity minutes each day and promote the social and emotional learning of our students. After a great recess, kids come back to class ready to learn.
Students in grades 6-8, at Brooklyn Center STEAM Middle and High School, participate in physical recess activities at least one day per week.

CLASSROOM MOVEMENT

Movement in the classroom provides students with an interactive approach to learning. Teachers can incorporate physical activity into lesson plans, intentionally add movement into transition times and offer each student opportunities to use active workstations or sensory spaces. This results in an increase in physical activity for the students and research shows this approach enhances retention of newly learned material. Incorporating intentional movement also allows for students to process emotions, support their mental health and for the classroom culture to become more inclusive for each student, regardless of race or identity. (See the Mindful Movement, Social Emotional Learning and Anti-racist Practices page for more information.)
The District Wellness YouTube channel has a wide variety of movement videos for pre-k through high school students, as well as adults.