Health education is integrated throughout the elementary school curriculum. One special program that is a part
of the overall
health program is Family Life and Human Development. Addressing physiological and personality changes related
to maturation and human reproduction, this program is part of the fifth grade science curriculum taught by
classroom teachers. Here's Looking At You is a
drug prevention program which is taught in
grades one through five, and eight by classroom teachers.
This unit of study explores the social, emotional, physical, and intellectual effects of substance abuse
on the individual, the family, and peers.
At the middle school level, health education is a part of science, family and consumer sciences, physical
health curricula. Specific areas dealing with personal body safety and abuse and neglect are supported by
guidance personnel. There are, in addition to the regular health curricula, three special programs. First,
the Family Life and Human Development curriculum is concerned with physiological and personality changes
related to maturation and human reproduction and is taught by seventh grade science teachers. Secondly, Project
Alert, is a
drug prevention education program for sixth
grade. Science or health teachers, with occasional support
from law enforcement personnel, help students to identify the internal and external pressures to use tobacco,
alcohol, and other drugs. Role playing resistance skills is a major piece of this program. Thirdly, grade
seven health or science teachers provide students with a locally developed
drug prevention education program designed
to provide current information about the effects of drugs
on body systems and the individual's circle of influence. Decision making, problem solving, and other critical
lifeskills are infused throughout this unit of study.
At the high school level, the health education program is designed to help students examine personal lifestyles
plans to achieve and maintain optimal health. This is accomplished by presenting current, accurate information
on topics that are relevant and necessary for students in today's world. Major topics covered in the required
ninth grade semester course include: mental health; emergency health care and cardiopulmonary resuscitation;
diseases and coping with diseases; consumer health; pregnancy; HIV/AIDS; teen suicide prevention; personal
body safety; sexually transmitted diseases; and drugs. Upper level elective courses in health and family
and consumer sciences include Family Life and Human Development curriculum topics including advanced physiology
and psychology of human sexual behavior and related matters.
11/30/2022 3:01 PM
11/17/2022 12:59 PM
The following message will be sent via phone, email, and text message to all parents and guardians at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 1, 2022:
If you are active military personnel, a civilian or federal employee working and/or living on federal property, your child has received or will receive a form to be completed and returned to school. If your child is not attending school in person, please find a blank form attached to this email. It is very important that we receive the completed form from you, as this is a means of funding that will impact your child’s school system. Persons working on federal property, please be sure to complete the box indicating the specific location of your employment. The forms should be returned to school with your child no later than Friday, November 11, 2022. Blank forms are also available on www.hcps.org on the Resources for Parents page under ‘Forms and Documents.’ Please contact your school if you have any questions.
11/1/2022 8:00 AM
The following message will be sent via phone, email, and text message to all parents and guardians at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 27, 2022:
Maryland legislation now requires notification of parent/guardians when a student meal account balance becomes low.
This is to notify you that parents and guardians will soon begin to receive monthly automated communications via phone and email when your student’s meal account reaches $2.60. Notification at this amount will ensure you’re aware you have funds remaining for approximately one meal.
Students without funds on their account will still receive a meal that is charged to their account but will not be able to purchase any snack items, even with cash. Consequently, families with a balance LESS THAN $0 will receive a weekly call notifying that your account balance needs to be paid.
We encourage families to login to your MySchoolBucks account and set your own balance reminders above $2.60 to avoid receiving the monthly or weekly notices. Please note, if you opt out of the balance alerts when they begin, you will be opting yourself out of receiving all HCPS outreach communications.
Federal waivers allowing universally free school meals ended June 30, 2022 – students who do not qualify for meal benefits or whose applications for meal benefits from previous years expired must pay $2.50 for lunch in elementary schools or $2.60 for lunch in secondary schools. The online meal benefit application is available at www.hcpsmenus.com.
If you are unsure of your MySchoolBucks account or balance information, contact Food and Nutrition Services at 410-638-4078 for assistance.
10/27/2022 12:38 PM
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