The School Board of Collier County
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2417 - COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH EDUCATION

In accordance with Florida statutes, the Superintendent shall recommend to the School Board an evidence-based medically-accurate, and comprehensive health education curriculum that addresses 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 alcoholic and intoxicating liquors and beverages, as well as narcotics upon the human body and mind.

The health education curriculum for students in grades 7 through 12 shall 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.

In addition, students enrolled in physical education courses and present at the time of instruction, shall receive instruction on Cardio-pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). Content shall include at least the following: the appropriate use of an automated external defibrillator (AED), which may be taught digitally (e.g., video or webinar) and include the proper use of CPR; and hands-only practice of the psychomotor skills of CPR to enhance the studentsí understanding of the cognitive knowledge presented. A nationally recognized program based on the most current national evidence-based emergency cardiovascular care guidelines will be utilized (i.e. American Heart Association or American Red Cross).

With respect to topics addressing human sexual activity and health, students will be made aware, through instruction and discussion, of the benefits of sexual abstinence as the expected standard; as well as the consequences of teenage pregnancy for one's life, health, and development (including social and emotional development). The District's comprehensive health education curriculum shall be attentive to responsible thinking and decision-making to enhance both the student's health and life as well as that of society.

The Superintendent shall recommend to the Board an evidence based, medically-accurate, and age appropriate comprehensive a health education curriculum which shall include information about: (a) abstinence as the only certain way to avoid pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections, including HIV/AIDS; (b) the health benefits and side-effects of contraception and condoms; (c) the consequences of teenage pregnancy; (d) responsible decision-making, communication, and relationship skills; and (e) the importance of family-child communication. This curriculum shall be taught beginning in the 6th grade and continue throughout high school. The following human growth and development concepts, including health behaviors, are addressed in grades 4 and 5: proper hygiene and prevention of communicable diseases; human body systems including endocrine and reproductive organs and basic functions; health body image; and healthy life skills. In Grade 5, the disease HIV/AIDS and transmission methods are introduced. Schools will notify parents prior to human growth and development curriculum being addressed. Notification will include information about requesting an exemption from the human growth and development curriculum.

The comprehensive health education curriculum materials shall reflect current theory, knowledge, and practice and shall be evidence-based. The curriculum materials shall be available for review 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 human growth and development, 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 and shall be given alternative assignments during this time. (see AP 22040B)

Personnel providing instruction in human growth and development shall receive training based on District approved standards, prior to presenting such instruction.

F.S. 1003.42
F.S. 1003.43
F.S. 1003.46

Revised 11/19/09
Revised 6/13/17

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