Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Liberal Studies


Liberal Studies

First Advisor

Patty Whang


The focus of this Capstone Project is on improving the equity issues affecting students' physical education and physical activity during COVID-19. Existing and newly developed equity issues have impacted students’ ability to connect with their remote physical education (P.E.), leading to decreased levels of physical activity. This is an important issue for students because their health and well-being are being negatively impacted by issues out of their control. An evidence-based argument is offered that students who engage in physical education are more likely to maintain healthier lifestyles that can lead to improved cognitive abilities and academic success. Considerations of the issue should include the perspectives of a physical education teacher, a classroom teacher, and 16 elementary-aged students who have participated in remote physical education during the COVID-19 pandemic. Three themes emerged from an analysis of the data and were explored as ways to address the issue presented. Family support is argued to be the most effective way to achieve the goals of addressing equity issues impacting students' access to remote physical education and their engagement in regular physical activity.