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Health Education

Contact Information

Phone: 301-766-2929

In Washington County Public Schools, Comprehensive Health Education includes instruction in the following seven content areas:

Standard #1: Mental and Emotional Health Unit

Standard #2: Alcohol, tobacco and other drugs unit

standard #3: personal and consumer health unit

Standard #4: Family life and human sexuality unit

  • Adolescent Reproductive Health: Home (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
  • Community Free Clinic
  • Communicable Diseases - DHMH
  • Teens Health - Sexual Health
  • Washington County Family Center
    • Teen Pregnancy Prevention
      • Teen Resources
        • CDC Teen Link
        • Office on Women's Health
      • Parent Resources
        • The National Campaign
        • CDC Parent Link
      • Local Public Resources
        • Community Free Clinic
        • Washington County Health Department
        • Frequently Asked Questions
        • Tri-State Community Health Center (Hancock)

Standard #5: safety and injury unit

  • American Heart Association
  • American Red Cross
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Child Trafficking
  • Connect Safely: Smart Socializing Starts Here
  • Cyberbullying411
  • Food and Drug Administration
  • Netsmartz Workshop
  • Onguard Online
  • Stop
  • Wired Safety

Standard #6: Nutrition and fitness unit

  • - Food Safety and Nutrition Information for Kids and Teens
  • USDA Eat Smart. Play Hard. Healthy Lifestyle.
  • Fight BAC! Keep Foods Safe from Bacteria
  • Food Safety - Your Gateway to Federal Food Safety Information
  • Media-Smart Youth: Eat, Think and Be Active (National Institutes of Health)
  • HEAL of Washington County

standard #7: disease prevention and control unit

  • American Cancer Society
  • American Heart Association
  • Breast Cancer Awareness - Cumberland Valley
  • Meritus Health - Healthy Washington County
  • National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
  • Cancer in America
  • Washington County Diabetes Prevention

In addition to these topics, the health education program includes components from school health services, food services, counseling and school psychology services and healthful school environments.

Since health education is multi-dimensional, it has application in many disciplines. Therefore, responsibility for delivery also is shared and/or reinforced in science, social studies, language arts, guidance, family life, physical education and family and consumer science.

At the elementary level, health education is taught primarily by physical education teachers. In middle schools, health education generally is taught as a rotation in Unified/Related Arts or in physical education. In high schools there is a one credit graduation requirement in the course Health Education/Life Skills.

Family Life is taught in grades 5-10. The topics include physical and emotional maturation, reproduction, physical and sexual abuse, sexually transmitted diseases, HIV/AIDS instruction and information on pregnancy prevention with emphasis on abstinence. Students may be excused from this unit of the program upon written request from a student’s parent or guardian.