Ony Schools: Health

August 13, 2017

New State Health and Physical Education Learning Standards

You may have read or heard about the new Health and Physical Education Learning Standards that came out from OSPI over the summer. One area of concern that we have been hearing about are the new standards dealing with “self-identity”.

State law requires that we teach certain subjects that come under the auspice of Health and Physical Education. Those required teachings are: HIV and STD prevention, mental health and suicide prevention, learning how to perform CPR and also the use of AED’s (automated external defibrillators). Topics outside of these areas are optional and not required to be taught.

As a school district, one of our responsibilities is to understand the culture of our community and having a pretty good grasp of what is acceptable and what is not. As educators, we have a responsibility to teach important facts and information that will be valuable to our students as they move through our system and graduate from Onalaska High School, career and/or college ready. We will continue to teach what is required by state law and remain sensitive to our school and community values when choosing other topics to include in the curriculum.

There are three new areas that we will be including in our health and physical education curriculum:

  1. Developing strategies for resolving conflicts.
  2. Analyzing potential dangers of sharing personal information through electronic media.
  3. Creating a balanced daily food plan.

Please feel free to contact the District Office if you have questions.

Read more about the new state standards, here.


Tanning Beds

Seattle Children's pediatrician Dr. Wendy Sue Swanson comments on the AAP’s new recommendations that governments ban minors' access to tanning salons.

Learn more: http://www.seattlechildrens.org/videos/healthlink-teen-tanning-beds/


Sports Concussions

Sports concussions can be a serious health problem. They require early identification, careful evaluation and specialized management before a child or teen can return to play.The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that as many as 3.8 million sports and recreation–related concussions happen each year in the U.S. Almost 50% of these injuries go undiagnosed. Young athletes who return to play too soon after a concussion are at risk for additional brain injury. This can result in prolonged symptoms, permanent mental and physical disabilities or death. Please check out these links:

Keeping Kids In The Game (video)


Children's Hospital Sports Concussion Program

Sport Concussion in High School (CDC)

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