Health

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BVSD is committed to our students’ well-being at every level.

The Board of Education believes that the goal of health education is to promote physical, intellectual, social, emotional and spiritual well-being, not just to prevent disease. A healthy school is one where all students receive consistent and culturally sensitive messages reinforcing their personal worth, supporting individual and family differences, and emphasizing personal responsibility for health choices. Given the potential consequences of risky health behaviors on overall wellness and academic achievement, a comprehensive health education program is a necessary element of the academic curriculum. Not only is it important for children to know basic health facts, but it is of equal importance for them to build self-esteem, develop skills for evaluating underlying values and beliefs related to health, and to make responsible decisions. It is through the acquisition of knowledge and the development of decision making skills that young people become more fully equipped to lead a healthier life.

As part of a comprehensive health education program, the Board of Education believes students must develop an understanding and respect for their own bodies as they mature and reflect upon their developing sexuality in terms of their own values and their valuing of others. To accomplish this goal, human sexuality shall be a part of the District’s health education curriculum. The value system within which human sexuality may be effectively taught espouses the recognition of human dignity and the presence of different points of view based on religious and moral convictions and basic beliefs.

Under Colorado State Statute and BVSD Board of Education policy IGAE, if parents or guardians want to exclude their child from any portion or portions of health instruction on the grounds that is contrary to the religious beliefs and teachings or closely held personal beliefs of the student, parent or guardian, you may do so by completing the Health Education Program Parental Exclusion Request form IGAE-E.  

Please be assured that Boulder Valley teachers receive specialized training in the appropriate presentation of health education topics. Therefore, we encourage parents to discuss their concerns with the health education teacher and/or school administration, before requesting an exclusion.

Elementary

Curriculum

Kindergarten

  • Eating a variety of foods
  • Identifying trusted adults
  • Respect personal space and boundaries
  •  Personal hygiene (hand washing, flossing)
  • Express emotions in healthy ways
  • Pedestrian, bus, and playground safety
  • Physical Health and Wellness
  • Friendship
  • Communication skills for safety

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2nd Grade

  • Proper use of household products
  • Chronic diseases
  • Conflict resolution
  • Call 911
  • Respond to bullying
  • Interpersonal communication skills to prevent injury
  • Refusal Skills
  • Consequences of using or being exposed to tobacco and second hand smoke
  • Class plan for healthy classroom food choices
  • Health eating contributes to good health
  • Identify health foods and snacks

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4th Grade

  • Goal setting to enhance nutrition status
  • Positive behaviors that support relationships
  • Uses for medicines
  • Skills to prevent a conflict from escalating to violence
  • Explain the interrelationship between the dimensions of wellness health
  • Communication skills to avoid using tobacco
  • Food intake and physical health
  • Stress management

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1st Grade

  • Identifying trusted adults
  • Eating a variety of foods
  • Refusing peer pressure
  • Identify emotions
  • Food groups
  • Express emotions in healthy ways
  • Listening skills
  • Prevent unintentional injury or illness
  • Avoid hazards
  • Preventing disease transmission

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3rd Grade

  • Communicate appropriate food choices
  • Injury prevention at home, school, and community
  • Demonstrate refusal skills for unhealthy eating
  • Communication skills for positive interactions with families
  • Dangers of using tobacco products or being exposed to second hand smoke
  • Describe pro-social behaviors to enhance healthy living

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5th Grade

  • Demonstrate Health Eating Behavior
  • Accessing Information about tobacco use
  • Communication skills for personal health
  • Analyze influences on mental and emotional health
  • Growth and Development (Exclusion form under Parent Resources)
  • Pro-social behavior
  • Basic first aid and safety procedures
  • Disease prevention

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Parent Resources

Middle

Curriculum

Note: Some schools may offer a combined Health/PE Option. Others also offer additional PE/Health classes. The majority of BVSD middle schools do not teach health in 6th Grade.

6th Grade HealthHealth Education in sixth grade is based on developing skills in relation to age appropriate health topics. By developing skills related to effectively accessing health resources, communicating, analyzing peer and media influences, goal setting, decision making, and health advocacy, students in BVSD will be able to achieve and maintain optimal wellness.

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7th Grade Health

Health Education in seventh grade is based on developing skills in relation to age appropriate health topics. By developing skills related to effectively accessing health resources, communicating, analyzing peer and media influences, goal setting, decision making, and health advocacy, students in BVSD will be able to achieve and maintain optimal wellness.

Learn more about the 7th grade health curriculum8th Grade Health

Health education in eighth grade is based on developing skills in relation to age appropriate health topics. By developing skills related to effectively accessing health resources, communicating, analyzing peer and media influences, goal setting, decision making, and health advocacy, students in BVSD will be able to achieve and maintain optimal wellness.

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Learning Materials

Parent Resources

High

Curriculum

Health Education in tenth grade is based on developing skills in relation to age appropriate health topics. By developing skills related to effectively accessing health resources, communicating, analyzing peer and media influences, goal setting, decision making, and health advocacy, students in BVSD will be able to achieve and maintain optimal wellness.

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Learning Materials

Parent Resources

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