Health education is integrated into science education throughout the elementary school grades. One special program is Family Life and Human Development. Addressing physiological and personality changes associated with maturation. This program is part of the fifth grade science curriculum taught separately by gender by classroom and other school personnel.
At the middle school level health is either a part of science or physical education. There are two high-lighted areas at this level. They are Family Life and Human Development taught in grade seven. The curriculum deals with physical maturation, anatomy, abstinence, birth control, human reproduction and child birth. Parents may elect for their child not to participate in sections of this content. The other high-lighted area is anti drug education. Principally at the middle school level Project Alert is used. Project Alert is recognized by the Center for Disease Control as a successful program in preventing and stopping drinking and drug abuse. Grades seven and eight use reinforcing and follow-up lessons as well as providing students with information and refusal skills dealing with other drug related issues.
At the high school level, the health education program is designed to help students examine personal lifestyles and make plans to attain and maintain optimal health. The 45 day curricula which is taught in conjunction with 45 days of physical education is generally taken in the ninth grade year. Major topic covered are decision making, abuse drugs, risk taking behaviors, nutrition, emergency response, diseases, Family Life and human Development and current issues. The researched based program used at the high school level is Project Toward No Drug Abuse and AlcoholEDU. Like middle school parents may elect to forego sections of the family Life instruction for their child via written request to the teacher. A second course in health education may be elected by students from the health choices in the Program of Study specifically Human Body I or Human Body II.
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