Elementary Health Education

Health ED
  • Elementary Health Education standards and benchmarks are infused in ELA, Science, and Physical Education. Students will receive the minimum required amount of instruction in health education, to include human sexuality, substance use prevention, HIV/AIDS, bullying prevention, and other topics as specified in 1003.42 and 1003.46 F.S.
    Standards and Benchmarks:
    Kindergarten               3rd Grade
    1st Grade                    4th Grade
    2nd Grade                   5th Grade
    Grade Hours:

    K-3rd 25 hours/year

    4th-5th 36 hours/years
    Any student whose parent presents a written request to the principal shall be exempted from the teaching of reproductive health or any disease, including HIV/AIDS, its symptoms, development, and treatment. A student so exempted may not be penalized by reason of that exemption (1003.42(3) F.S.).
  •  5th Grade Health Education

    • The purpose of Health Education is to provide students with the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills necessary to make healthy choices with the overall goal of improving the quality of life, as well as describe the relationships between a healthy behavior, environment and personal health to prevent injuries and health problems.

      The content should include, but not be limited to the following:

      • Accessing Information (family health, following rules, friends trusted adults in school and community)
      • Internal and External Influences (warning labels and community helpers)
      • Interpersonal Communication (conflict resolution, verbal and non-verbal, reporting, active listening and refusal skills)
      • Decision Making (positive/negative healthy options and decisions)
      • Goal Setting (short and long term health targets, personal health and small groups)
      • Self Management (personal health choices)
      • Advocacy (positive promotion and modeling healthy choices)
      Units will be taught primarily during the 4th nine weeks of school by the science teachers. 

      5th Grade Puberty Education

      Beginning in the 2015-16 school year, all 5th-grade DCPS students should receive instruction regarding Puberty Education.  All schools are receiving the Always Changing Program provided by P&G School Programs.  The goal of the program is to teach preteens about their changing bodies and the beginning stages of puberty.  Program content is based on national research and consultation with school nurses, health educators, parents, fifth-grade students and medical professionals.  
      Prior to lessons being taught, Parent Notification Letters will be distributed to all 5th-grade students.  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 an alternate location to attend during the lessons.
      This program helps students identify:
      • The physical and emotional changes they experience during puberty and acknowledge these changes as a normal part of growth and development.
      • That personal hygiene is each individual's responsibility.
      • The physiology of their bodies and the correct terminology for parts of the reproductive system.
      • The menstrual cycle, what to expect during a period, and how to manage periods while continuing with normal activities. 
      Students will be guided through a full lesson, video, discussion of the Reproductive Systems, and general discussion.  Students will be provided sample product kits (when available).  All materials are available for preview including the lesson guide and videos that are shown to boys and girls as well as downloadable parent materials. 

Co-Ed Puberty Education Video

Boys Puberty Education Video

Girls Puberty Education Video