UPDATE: Health Curriculum
Back in November the Loveland City School District – in a continued effort to provide students a solid foundation of health education – partnered with PAWS (Promoting an Attitude of Wellness in Schools) to review our health education and strengthen our curriculum. A summary of results from the work of the Health Curriculum Committee was prepared and presented to the Loveland Board of Education at the April 21 Business Meeting. We are pleased to share highlights of the presentation with you now.
Health Curriculum Committee Summary
The committee’s objective was to develop a plan for ensuring health education for all students in the Loveland City Schools. While the state of Ohio does not have health standards, Loveland uses the National Health Standards published by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). In order to accomplish this objective the committee surveyed parents and staff members about priority standards. On the parent survey the committee received 967 responses. In addition, the committee conducted a focus group at the high school to understand student priorities. What the committee discovered were four core areas that needed to be addressed during the K-12 Loveland experience. While instruction for these subjects will look very different as the student develops, priority topics will be: nutrition, mental health, alcohol, drug and tobacco, and human growth and development.
The committee continues to work on long-term plans for health curriculum updates by grade level that will be introduced and implemented over time. There was a more urgent need realized to implement a new high school level course that would target upper classmen and offer three days of health studies in a classroom environment and two days of personal fitness. The classroom study will focus on healthy decision making, current events and transition to post-high school independence. This new course called Lifetime Health and Wellness was voted on and unanimously approved by the Board of Education; it will be implemented in the fall of 2015 at Loveland High School.
We will continue to communicate additional health curriculum updates as they are available.
I offer a sincere note of gratitude to all who participated in the survey, students on focus groups and a special thank you to the members of the Health Curriculum Committee who volunteered time, effort and energy toward this important objective.
Dr. Amy Crouse, Ed.D.
Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning
Photo caption: Loveland Health Curriculum Committee presenting to the Loveland Board of Education at the April 22 Business Meeting.