High School Health Education

  • High School Health

     

    Health  education  is  integral  to  the  primary  mission  of schools.  It  provides  students  with  a  continuum  of  learning  experiences  to  develop  the knowledge  and  skills  necessary  to  become  successful learners  and  health  literate  adults.  Health  literacy  is  a  fundamental  part  of  the  school  health  education  program  and  is  essential  to  the  health  and  wellness  of  each  student.  Health  Education provides  students  with  the  knowledge  and  skills  they  need  to  be  healthy  throughout  their  lifetime.  The  intent  of  a  comprehensive  health  education  program  is  to  motivate  students  to  maintain and  improve  their social, emotional  and  physical  health, prevent disease  and  avoid  or  reduce  health related  risk  behaviors. Comprehensive  health  education  addresses  12  required component areas  for  K-12  instruction  under  section  1003.42  (2)(n), Florida Statutes.  Teen dating  violence  is  only  required  in grades  7  -  12. 

     

    HOPE (Health Opportunities through Physical Education)

    The purpose of the Health Opportunities through Physical Education (H.O.P.E.) course is to develop and enhance healthy behaviors that influence lifestyle choices and student health and fitness. Students will realize the full benefit of this course when it is taught with an integrated approach. This one-credit physical education course includes integration of health and physical education and is required for graduation for those students who elected a standard diploma. In addition to the physical education content represented in the benchmarks below, specific health education topics within this course include, but are not limited to:

    • Mental/Social Health
    • Physical Activity
    • Components of Physical Fitness
    • Nutrition and Wellness Planning
    • Diseases and Disorders
    • Health Advocacy
    • First Aid/CPR
    • Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drug Prevention
    • Human Sexuality including Abstinence and HIV 
    • Internet Safety
     
    During the course, Parent Notification Letters will be sent home outlining lessons that will be covered in your child's Health Education course.  Teachers have been specifically trained to teach sensitive topics and utilize research-based curriculum.  Parents are welcome to schedule a meeting with the Health Education teacher or the District Health & Physical Education Specialist to preview materials that will be utilized in each lesson.  Parents electing to opt their child out of lessons pertaining to HIV prevention and Sexual Health are asked to submit a letter to the principal of the school.  Any student that is opted out will be given alternate assignments to complete and location to attend during the lessons.   
     

    HOPE Waivers

    The only approved waivers from the State of Florida for the state-required HOPE- Core course includes the following:
    • Participation in two seasons of an interscholastic sport at the junior varsity or varsity levels AND a passing grade of “C” on the personal fitness competency test (requires waiver # 1500410, 1500420 AND 1504030) for Interscholastic Sports/Personal Fitness test OR
    • Satisfactory completion of four (4) semesters over a minimum of two (2) years in the same Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) Program with a grade of “C” or better (each semester). This DOES NOT include dual enrollment ROTC classes (requires waiver #150450 AND 1500460).

    First Aid and Safety

    • The First Aid and Safety course provides a basic overview of the causes and preventions of unintentional injuries, appropriate emergency responses to those injuries and crisis response planning. Safety education should include cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the use of an automatic external defibrillator (AED), first aid for obstructed airway, and injury prevention. The content should include, but is not limited to, the following:

      • Injury prevention and safety
        • Safety promotion
        • First aid procedures
        • Adult, child, and infant CPR, and AED procedures
        • Disaster preparedness
      • Environmental health (community resources and services)
      • Community health and consumer health (career and public service opportunities)
     

    Life Management Skills

    • The purpose of the Life Management Skills course is to produce health-literate students that make sound decisions and take positive actions for healthy and effective living. The course is wellness oriented and emphasizes responsible decision-making and planning for a healthy lifestyle. The content should include, but is not limited to, the following:
      • Family life
      • Personal Health (wellness planning, decision-making, goal-setting, prevention of child abuse and neglect)
      • Internet Safety
      • Mental and Emotional Health (prevention of depression interpersonal, coping skills and suicide)
      • Nutrition (physical activity and wellness)
      • Substance Use and Abuse (tobacco, alcohol, and other drug use and abuse)
      • Injury Prevention and Safety (cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automatic external defibrillator (AED), first aid for obstructed airway violence, gangs, and bullying)
      • Personal Health (human sexuality, including abstinence from sexual activity, and teen pregnancy prevention
      • Prevention and Control of Disease (including HIV/AIDS and other STIs)
      • Community and Consumer Health (resources and advocacy)
      • Teen Dating Violence (abuse prevention)

      During the course, Parent Notification Letters will be sent home outlining lessons that will be covered in your child's Health Education course.  Teachers have been specifically trained to teach sensitive topics and utilize research-based curriculum.  Parents are welcome to schedule a meeting with the Health Education teacher or the District Health & Physical Education Specialist to preview materials that will be utilized in each lesson.  Parents electing to opt their child out of lessons pertaining to HIV prevention and Sexual Health are asked to submit a letter to the principal of the school.  Any student that is opted out will be given alternate assignments to complete and location to attend during the lessons.  

    Personal, Social, and Family Relationships

    • The purpose of the Personal, Social, and Family Relationships course is to develop advanced knowledge and skills that promote positive social and emotional interactions and relationships. The content includes in-depth study of basic human needs, self-awareness and acceptance. The content should include, but is not limited to, the following:
       
      • Teen Dating Violence
      • Mental and Emotional Health (stress management, coping skills, suicide prevention, conflict-resolution, peer mediation, and negotiation skills)
      • Family Life (family dynamics, parenting skills, prevention of child abuse and neglect)
      • Community Health (health-related community resources)
      • Internet Safety
      • Prevention and Control of Disease (HIV/AIDS and other STIs)
      • Personal Health (human growth and development through adulthood including human sexuality, abstinence from sexual activity, and teen pregnancy prevention, responsible decision-making and goal-setting)

      During the course, Parent Notification Letters will be sent home outlining lessons that will be covered in your child's Health Education course.  Teachers have been specifically trained to teach sensitive topics and utilize research-based curriculum.  Parents are welcome to schedule a meeting with the Health Education teacher or the District Health & Physical Education Specialist to preview materials that will be utilized in each lesson.  Parents electing to opt their child out of lessons pertaining to HIV prevention and Sexual Health are asked to submit a letter to the principal of the school.  Any student that is opted out will be given alternate assignments to complete and location to attend during the lessons.