Middle School Comprehensive Health
The Florida Department of Education defines the program implemented in Hillsborough County Public Schools as Comprehensive Health Education. Comprehensive Health Education programs are based on and are in alignment with the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards (NGSSS) for Health Education, Physical Education and Science Education.
Comprehensive Health Education programs provide medically accurate strategies and management skills pertaining to social, emotional, and physical development which are designed to assist students in navigating today’s world of peer pressure, temptations, and growing risks. Topics include age appropriate information about the following: body image; hygiene; interpersonal relationships; decision-making; refusal skills; intimacy; reproductive health and development; pregnancy and disease control; abstinence; community, consumer and environmental health; family life injury prevention and safety; Internet safety; nutrition; personal health; substance use and abuse; teen date violence; and human trafficking.
Comprehensive Health Education programs advocate abstinence as the best option for students whether or not they have been sexually active in the past. These programs also advocate that students choose abstinence until they are emotionally and physically mature enough to make well informed decisions concerning pregnancy and disease prevention.
Grades 6-8 Comprehensive Health Education is integrated into the Grade 6 Science Education curriculum. To include the following topics:
- Definition of Sexual Activity
- Definition of Sexual Abstinence
- Facts and Statistics
- Decision Making
- Puberty – Physical, Emotional and Hormonal Changes
- Female Reproductive system
- Male Reproductive System
- Definition of Life Expectancy
- Consequences – Physical, Personal, Financial, Legal, and Emotional
- Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Infections
- History and Statistics
- Transmission – Fears and Myths
- Blood-borne Pathogens and Fluids
- Refusal Skills