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Health Education
Health Education
Students in the RCSD are taught Health Education in a holistic approach, which requires the collaboration of home, school and community.  Health Education provides knowledge and skills to enable individuals to make responsible and informed decisions and adopt and maintain healthy behaviors that they need to be safe, healthy and successful productive citizens. Health Education is taught K-6 in the RCSD.  Elementary Health is taught by the classroom teachers and at the secondary level, health is taught in 7th and 11th grade by certified health education teachers and students receive 1/2 credit which is required for graduation. 
 A new elective has been added to the High School Health Curricula it is called Global Health Education. Students will be able to receive 1.0 additional credit of health education along with the required .5 Health credit needed for graduation.

This course examines major global health challenges, programs and policies. Students will be introduced to the world’s vast diversity of determinants of health and disease. Students will examine emerging global health priorities, including infectious diseases, poverty, conflicts and emergencies, health inequity, and major global initiatives for disease prevention and health promotion.

WISE Curriculum

Rochester City elementary students are getting W.I.S.E. (Well-physically,Intellectually, Socially and Emotionally) thanks to a new grade 4-6 elementary sexuality education initiative, called I’m WISE.  The initiative is a partnership of Rochester City School District, The Student Support Services Center of the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership and the Metro Council on Teen Potential.  I’m WISE includes a home, school, community  advisory council to guide and inform the initiative, a parent awareness and education program (Family Talk), a teacher professional development program, a grade 4-6 strength-based elementary sexuality education curriculum, resource centers and an evaluation. The initiative is part of Rochester’s grade K-12 comprehensive health education program.

The primary goal of I’m WISE is to enhance healthy and respectful communication between 4th,5th and 6th grade students and their parents, trusted adults and peers in relation to sexuality, their bodies growing and changing and healthy and safe relationships.  It was also designed to enhance student knowledge and skills in planning and goal setting, relationship building, abstinence and pregnancy, STD and HIV education and prevention.


Health Standards