Comprehensive health education is an integral component of quality school programming. Comprehensive health education provides students with opportunities to acquire the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary for making health-promoting decisions, achieving health literacy, adopting health-enhancing behaviors, and promoting the health of others. Comprehensive health education promotes healthy habits, healthy relationships, and health literacy.
A Vision for Health Education in Boston
The overall mission of the Health and Wellness Department is to actively promote the health and wellness of all students in order to advance both their healthy development and readiness to learn. Healthy students are more ready and able to learn and are less likely to experience negative academic impact than students who engage in risky health behaviors (academic failure, lower test scores, truancy, absenteeism, etc.)Health education directly contributes to students’ ability to practice behaviors that protect and promote health and avoid or reduce health risks. Providing students time to practice and master health education skills better positions them to achieve academic success, develop healthy lifestyle habits, make healthy and informed decisions and improve health literacy throughout their lives.
Health Education Requirements
Comprehensive pre-K through grade 12 Health Education will be medically-accurate, age and developmentally appropriate, culturally inclusive, and implemented in safe and supportive learning environments where ALL students feel valued.Promotion and graduation requirements include the following (note that these are the minimum requirements for health education programming):
- Health education in grades K-12, inclusive of HIV education in grade 4
- Two semesters of health education in total in grades 6 to 8 taught by a licensed health education teacher
- One semester course of health education in total in grades 9 to 12 taught by a licensed health education teacher