The mission of the Collier County Public School's Health Education 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.
Our Health Education Program Learning Goals are taught at grade level:
- 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
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. Our policy includes instruction on the statutory areas listed in the statute below, along with the addition of hands only CPR and AED instruction and skills practice for all students enrolled in Physical Education courses in grades 7-12.
The Comprehensive Health Education curriculum aligned with Florida Statute 1003.42 (n) is science-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 includes 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 throughout our district. Please visit our COVE website to access the application for enrolling in COVE HOPE, Personal Fitness and Driver Education courses. COVE Website
H.O.P.E., also referred to as Health Orientation through Physical Education, is the combination of health and physical education over 2 semesters equally a one credit course. It is operated as a blended classroom and physical activity model. 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, recreational activities, 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 DevelopmentElementary 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.To access Elementary Health Education Standards and Benchmarks taught by course please visit:
Additional Elementary Health Education as required under Comprehensive Health Education Policy is Human Growth and Development for Grades 4 and 5 only.
Elementary Parent Information Letter for Human Growth and Development (HGD)
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(After Thanksgiving Break) 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.
Parent Letter Grade 4/5 - English
Parent Letter Grade 4/5 - Spanish
Parent Letter Grade 4/5 - CreoleCurriculum and Instruction ContactPlease allow our department to help you in any way we can. Do not hesitate to contact us with questions, comments and concerns.
Coordinator, K-12 Health and Physical Education
Collier County Public Schools
- Health Curriculum Policy for Collier County Public Schools
- Wellness Plan for Collier County Schools
- Health Services for Collier County Schools
Health Related Links:
- Tobacco Free Florida - vaping/e-cigarette information
- B-fit District Wellness - healthy food and activites
- Florida Department of Education Health Education Toolkit(Elementary)
- Florida Department of Education Health Education Toolkit(Secondary)
- Center for Disease Control (CDC)
- Healthy Youth
- Drug Free Collier
- Shelter for Abused Women and Children
- Safe and Healthy Children’s Coalition
- Play 60 – Fuel Up
- 95210 Let’s GO!
- David Lawrence Center