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.Several new electives have been added to the High School Health Curricula they are Global Health Education, Death & Dying, Foundations of Personal Health & Wellness, and Responding to Emergencies- which is only offered at School of the Arts. Students will be able to receive 1.0 additional credit of health education along with the required .5 Health credit needed for graduation. Students are also eligible for dual-college credit in Personal Health & Wellness and Responding to Emergencies through Genesee Community College(GCC) if their instructor is certified through GCC.
Global Health Education 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.Death & Dying: A study of the dying process, death, ceremonies and rituals in many cultures. Deals with the issues of loss experiences, the fear of death, understanding reactions to death, near-death experiences, euthanasia, suicide, and current practices and trends in the care and treatment of the terminally ill.Foundations of Personal Health & Wellness: This course will focus on students taking personal responsibility for their health, including lifestyle factors and their relationship to their overall well- being and disease. Personal behaviors and attitudes, environmental influences and access to health support networks are addressed. Topics include nutrition, personal and community health, communication skills for productive relationships Student will also examine the process of accessing health care during their college years and clarify own personal beliefs regarding advocacy issues. Students learn positive means to counteract negative influences and reflect on possible adaptations to personal health behaviors. Students may be required to participate in a Community service project in the health/community fieldWISE 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.