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Health education is integrated throughout the elementary school curriculum. One special program that is a part of the overall health program is Family Life and Human Development. Addressing physiological and personality changes related to maturation and human reproduction, this program is part of the fifth grade science curriculum taught by classroom teachers. Here's Looking At You is a drug prevention program which is taught in grades one through five, and eight by classroom teachers. This unit of study explores the social, emotional, physical, and intellectual effects of substance abuse on the individual, the family, and peers.

At the middle school level, health education is a part of science, family and consumer sciences, physical education, and health curricula. Specific areas dealing with personal body safety and abuse and neglect are supported by guidance personnel. There are, in addition to the regular health curricula, three special programs. First, the Family Life and Human Development curriculum is concerned with physiological and personality changes related to maturation and human reproduction and is taught by seventh grade science teachers. Secondly, Project Alert, is a drug prevention education program for sixth grade. Science or health teachers, with occasional support from law enforcement personnel, help students to identify the internal and external pressures to use tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs. Role playing resistance skills is a major piece of this program. Thirdly, grade seven health or science teachers provide students with a locally developed drug prevention education program designed to provide current information about the effects of drugs on body systems and the individual's circle of influence. Decision making, problem solving, and other critical lifeskills are infused throughout this unit of study.

At the high school level, the health education program is designed to help students examine personal lifestyles and make plans to achieve and maintain optimal health. This is accomplished by presenting current, accurate information on topics that are relevant and necessary for students in today's world. Major topics covered in the required ninth grade semester course include: mental health; emergency health care and cardiopulmonary resuscitation; diseases and coping with diseases; consumer health; pregnancy; HIV/AIDS; teen suicide prevention; personal body safety; sexually transmitted diseases; and drugs. Upper level elective courses in health and family and consumer sciences include Family Life and Human Development curriculum topics including advanced physiology and psychology of human sexual behavior and related matters.

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    102 South Hickory Avenue
    Bel Air, MD 21014
    Phone: (410) 588-5274
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