• Health Education

    Mission Statement

    The mission of the Collier County Public School Health Program is to help provide students with opportunities to develop and enhance life skills necessary to make sound decisions and take positive action for healthy living.

    Goals

    Our Health Education Program Goals are taught at grade level and are as follows:

    • To align our curriculum, instruction and assessment in accordance with Florida Standards and Benchmarks
    • To help students experience a positive mental/emotional development
    • To help students develop positive communication, interpersonal and coping skills
    • To help make students aware of responsible decision making
    • To help students develop good nutrition and health habits
    • To help students understand harmful situations
    • To prepare our students for a healthy lifestyle for a lifetime


    Overview

    Collier County Public Schools adopted in 2009, Comprehensive Health Education (Board Policy 2417), in accordance with Florida Statutes, Florida Department of Education and through the Superintendent’s recommendation to the School Board.

    The Comprehensive Health Education curriculum aligned with Florida Statute 1003.42 (n) is scientifically-based, medically accurate and comprehensive education addressing the concepts of community health; consumer health; environmental health; family life, including an awareness of the benefits of sexual abstinence as the expected standard and the consequences of teenage pregnancy; mental and emotional health; injury prevention and safety; internet safety; nutrition; personal health; prevention and control of disease; and substance use and abuse, including the true effects of all alcohol and narcotics upon the human body and mind. The health education curriculum for grades 7 through 12 include a teen dating violence and abuse component that includes, but is not limited to, the definition of dating violence and abuse, the warning signs of dating violence and abusive behavior, the characteristics of healthy relationships, measures to prevent and stop dating violence and abuse and community resources available to victims of dating violence and abuse.

    The curriculum shall also include information that includes education on reproductive health, HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections/diseases, The health education curriculum materials shall at all times reflect current theory, knowledge and practice, and be scientific-based.  The curriculum materials shall be available at each school site.

    Any student whose parent makes a written request to the school principal shall be permitted to opt-out from the teaching of reproductive health and any disease including HIV/AIDS, its symptoms, development and treatment.  A student so exempted may not be penalized by reason of that exemption and shall be given alternate assignments during this time.


    High School Comprehensive Health Education 
    In CCPS, students may be enrolled in H.O.P.E. upon promotion to 8th grade through 12th grade in a variety of models.  Virtual, blended or traditional classroom models are available.  Please visit our COVE website to access the application for enrolling in COVE HOPE, Personal Fitness and Driver Education courses.

    H.O.P.E., also referred to as Health Orientation through Physical Education, is the combination of health and physical education and practice in 2 semesters equally a one credit course. It is operated as a blended classroom and physical activity course. This course is designed to provide a comprehensive approach to prepare students with the needed tools and life skills to keep them healthy, make responsible health choices and enhance their overall health for a lifetime.  It also allows students an opportunity to try approximately 12 different activities to learn basic skills, and develop interest in not only sports, but recreational activities.  Activities may include, but are not limited to: team building games, volleyball, basketball, flag football, badminton, tennis, pickleball, softball, Frisbee games, fitness, soccer, lacrosse, hockey, archery, orienteering, etc.

    Middle School 6-8 Comprehensive Health Education - Health education is embedded in the middle school grade level curriculum guide for science. The health program for middle schools is taught almost exclusively by science teachers. In a very few cases, principals have set up an occasional class to be taught by certified health teachers to fulfill this requirement. The health curriculum has been allotted ten (10) periods for two (2) weeks.

    Middle School Parent Information Letter for Human Growth and Development 

     
     Elementary Comprehensive Health Education K-5 -  Curriculum is reflected in classroom lesson plans approximately 50 minutes per week.  The Elementary School Health Program is taught almost exclusively by classroom teachers. The health curriculum for the elementary level is approximately 50 minutes of instruction in Health each week for the entire year.

    Additional Elementary Health Education as required under Comprehensive Health Education is Human Growth and Development. 

    Elementary Parent Information Letter for Human Growth and Development 

    CCPS teachers will provide their principals with the content that will be utilized during the HGD 1-3 day unit that can be viewed at your child's school site.  Please request an appointment if you choose to view materials or preview videos for HGD unit.  HGD parent letters will be sent home by your child's school indicating the selected period of time that they intend to provide HGD instruction.  Although not a requirement, district recommends waiting until at least 90 days into the school year prior to presenting HGD content.

    HIV/AIDS CONTENT – separate curriculum and extension activities, includes appropriate content for grade levels 3-6 through Discovery Education (15 minute video may be viewed at school). 

    Please contact your school’s Principal with any specific questions and to view any materials your school will utilize in their Human Growth and Development lessons. CCPS wants you to feel as prepared as possible regarding your child’s Human Growth and Development.  We are here to support you, your child and our community.

     
    Curriculum and Instruction Contact
    Please allow our department to help you in any way we can. Do not hesitate to contact us with questions, comments and concerns.

    Tracy Bowen
    Coordinator, K-12 Health, Physical and Driver Education 
    Collier County Public Schools
    bowentr@collierschools.com
    239-377-3370

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