Health and Physical Education


The Gwinnett Online Campus Health and Personal Fitness courses teach the same AKS and Indicators of Achievement as all Gwinnett County Schools. We offer these two graduation requirements during all semesters to all Gwinnett County students: mini-semesters and summer semester included. Electives (Advanced Personal Fitness and Body Sculpting) are available for full-time students only.


During each semester Health has reading assignments along with numerous written assignments, discussions, and possible projects each week. Regular semesters operate on weekly deadlines (everything listed for a current week must be completed by Sunday night). Summer semesters operate on daily deadlines. Students enrolled in the health course are allowed to work ahead, but all assignments, including tests and quizzes, must be completed by the deadline posted in the course calendar and course checklist. On average students should expect to spend up to 60 minutes a day per semester, 60-90 minutes per mini-semester, and 240 minutes per day during a summer semester.


Students in Personal Fitness will create a Personal Fitness Portfolio through a step-by-step process covering material such as: goal setting, creating a fitness plan, implementing and tracking the fitness plan, applying training principles to exercise sessions, nutritional improvements, and lifelong fitness. These steps will count as a student’s summative assessment of the course content. Course content will also include tests and quizzes over lifelong fitness material. Fitness tracking will count as classwork on a weekly basis.

Tracking Exercise in the Online Setting with Fitness Tracking Technology

A GOC Physical Education student will be required to plan out their exercise requirements every 3 weeks, and create new plans with increased training throughout a semester. Once the plan is set students will track their exercise using a fitness tracking device or Fitbit app along with a GOC Fitness Log. All exercise sessions are summarized and validated on a GOC Fitness Log and turned in at the end of each week (by Sunday at midnight of each week). Validation includes:

  • Information of heart rate data, date/time, and length of exercise from the Fitbit device (found in student’s Fitbit account or any device that measures heart rate)

  • Information of pace, date/time, and length of exercise from the Fitbit app (found in the student’s Fitbit account)

  • Fitness sponsor name and contact information for any activity that cannot be easily tracked with a device (examples: swimming or competition in a sport that cannot wear a watch). The fitness sponsor can only be used for HALF of the required weekly total. Half of the weekly sessions must use fitness tracking technology to share with the teacher.

Fitness Tracking Technology

Gwinnett Online Campus provides the Fitbit Charge HR or Charge 2 for FULL-TIME GOC STUDENTS ONLY who want to check out a device, or full-time students can choose the Fitbit App as preference to fitness tracking. Students who in enroll in our program from other schools will need to utilize the Fitbit App (a free download to a smartphone) OR use their own device. A device MUST track heart rate. Any device can be used, as long as it tracks heart rate (Apple Watch, Polar, Garmin, Fitbit Charge HR, Charge 2, Blaze or Surge). The information tracked will need to be shared with the teacher showing complete heart rate data, date/time, and length of each session. Students learn how to share information with the teacher at the beginning of each course. The first two important factors to consider are HEART RATE OR PACE of exercise. Both of these components will tell the teacher the intensity level of the student’s workout (a key component to the delivery of a PE program online). Two other key components is sharing the length of time in each exercise session, and the calendar date of the exercise session.


Kristi Rhine

Ms. Kristi Rhine

Please contact Kristi Rhine with any questions or concerns.

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