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
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
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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