Health Education is required instruction for all students as detailed in the OCPS Local School Wellness Policy. The state of Florida K-12 Health Education Standards are now called the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards. These standards will be fully implemented beginning with the 2010 school year. Until that time, the current benchmarks/standards may be used.
One component of the Health Education curriculum includes human sexuality education. The OCPS School Board approved specific human sexuality education guidelines and curriculum in 1991. These guidelines require the use of district-approved resources and guest speakers for the implementation of this curriculum. In addition, teachers responsible for implementing this curriculum should receive training. This training is provided by district Coordinated School Health resource teachers. In accordance with state law, there is an opt-out provision available by contacting the school.
The Arnold Palmer Foundation has provided funding to support the use of HealthTeacher.com lessons by all K-12 Orange County teachers. The use of these lessons will make it possible for every student to receive health education instruction as part of a planned, sequential and comprehensive school health education program.
HealthTeacher.com is a health curriculum for K-12 teachers and health educators. Teachers will find the lessons useful regardless of whether they have professional preparation as a health educator. Health educators involved in homeschooling, community-based health and mental health centers will also find it helpful. The curriculum delineates knowledge and skill expectations that are consistent with the Assessment Framework and National Health Education Standards for each grade level.
Each lesson plan addresses both content and skills, providing activities for students and assessments to measure student learning. Lesson plans may also include masters for visual aids and student worksheets. Teacher keys are provided for student pages when appropriate.
HealthTeacher.com topics/lessons include:
- Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD)
- Community and Environment
- Family Health and Sexuality
- Injury Prevention
- Personal and Consumer Health
- Tobacco Prevention
- Physical Activity
- Mental Health