Health education is required for all students grades K-7 and the 11th grade. Students in grades K to 6 are taught by the elementary classroom teacher; students in grades 7 to 12 are taught by a certified health education teacher. Two semesters of health are required at the secondary level; a .5 credit at the middle level and a .5 credit in high school (required for graduation). Learners increase their health knowledge and learn the skills to develop and maintain lifelong health. Students learn and practice self-management, relationship management, communication, decision-making, planning and goal setting, stress management and advocacy skills. Health education is a holistic approach that requires the collaboration of home, school, and community, enabling students to make responsible and informed decisions and adopt and maintain healthy behaviors.
Physical education is a required part of the curriculum for all students at all levels and is taught by certified physical education teachers. The mission of the Physical Education Department is to enable all students to sustain regular, lifelong physical activity as a foundation for a healthy, productive and fulfilling life. Physical education is fundamental to the development and education of each individual and provides a unique opportunity to develop concepts, skills and attitudes that reinforce personal wellness and the ability to manage one’s life. The Physical Education Department complies with all Federal and NY State regulations.