Comprehensive health education is a core K-12 academic subject that enables students to develop the knowledge and skills that support healthy living and academic success. Comprehensive Health Education instruction, combined with access to health services, contribute to a positive school environment through skills-based lessons focused on decision-making, goal-setting, communication skills, and personal responsibility. Health Education classes focus on a full range of mental, physical, social, and emotional health topics that students need now and in the future. Review the Health Education Requirements on the DOE website, including HIV/AIDS prevention lessons to be taught every year for all grades, sexual health education as part of comprehensive education for grades 6-12, and establishing Health Resources rooms for grades 9-12 through the Condom Availability Program.
New York City will make available this year a K-12 Health Education Scope and Sequence to guide educators in designing comprehensive, skill-based, medically-accurate, age-appropriate, and inclusive health education learning experiences for all students. The Scope and Sequence is aligned to New York State and National Health Education Standards, and National Sexuality Education Standards, and includes guidance for implemented NYC recommended curricula.
Announced in May 2018, the Health Ed Works initiative commits to establishing equitable access to quality Health instruction, including providing all district schools with new and expanded curriculum materials, more professional learning for teachers, guidance for addressing barriers to Health Education and opportunities to involve families, students, and community members in promoting a healthy school culture.
Browse our Health Education professional learning offerings, which includes our Professional Learning Pathway trainings and Condom Availability Program trainings.
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