Health education is a vital aspect of our total educational process. With the increased sophistication and knowledge, and the expanding needs of today’s students, it is important that a pertinent and well-rounded health curriculum be offered.
To meet this need, health educators from the Jackson County Health Department will be teaching a unit of study on Human Growth and Development to all 4th- and 5th-grade boys and girls beginning April 9.
Boys and girls will be separated for this unit. The material will be available for parent review the week before in the school media center during school hours. Objectives to be covered include:
- Understanding the term “puberty.”
- Becoming familiar with the female/male reproductive organs, their function and their development during puberty.
- Learning about other physical and emotional changes that girls/boys experience during puberty.
- Understanding the importance of a healthy diet, good hygiene and regular exercise during puberty.
- Having opportunities for reflection and discussion to promote physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing.
Parents who DO NOT their child/children to attend the class must sign and return an opt-out form to the child’s teacher.