Growth and Development Instruction
BHISD has developed a growth and develop instruction which begins 5th grade. The basic content of the instruction will cover the endocrine body system in science and health with the focus being on puberty. The scope and sequence will continue in middle school during 7th grade with an emphasis on body systems, disease prevention and abstinence. The Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) states that the following information should be covered in the fifth grade under health education. 5.2) Health information – The student recognizes the basic structures and functions of the human body and how they relate to personal health throughout the life span. The student is expected to: (A) describe the structure, functions, and interdependence of major body systems; and (B) identify and describe changes in male and female anatomy that occur during puberty. The Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) states that the following information should be covered in the seventh grade under health education. 7.2) Health information – The student recognizes ways that body structure and function relate to personal health throughout the life span. The student is expected to: (A) explain how differences in growth patterns among adolescents, such as onset of puberty, may affect personal health; (B) describe the influence of the endocrine system on growth and development (C) compare and contrast changes in males and females; (D) describe physiological and emotional changes that occur during pregnancy; and (E) examine physical and emotional development during adolescence. 7.3) Health information – The student comprehends and utilizes concepts relating to health promotion and disease prevention throughout the life span. The student is expected to: (D) summarize the facts related to Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection and sexually transmitted diseases. 7.5) Health behaviors – The student engages in behaviors that reduce health risks throughout the life span. The student is expected to: (C) identify strategies for prevention and intervention of emotional, physical, and sexual abuse; (D) identify information relating to abstinence; (E) analyze the importance of abstinence from sexual activity as the preferred choice of behavior in relationship to all sexual activity for unmarried persons of school age; (F) discuss abstinence from sexual activity as the only method that is 100% effective in preventing pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and the sexual transmission of HIV or acquired immune deficiency syndrome, and the emotional trauma associated with adolescent sexual activity. 5th Grade – The video that is shown is Always Changing, Puberty and Stuff, from PGSchoolprograms.com The “girls only” and “boys only” versions of this video will be shown. It has emphasis on the endocrine system. 7th Grade – Aim for Success is an assembly that is presented in late spring. The program discusses the importance of developing self control, self respect and self discipline. Information is presented on sexually transmitted diseases with the main emphasis on abstinence. This assembly is coed. The School Health Advisory Council recommends programs for human sexuality instruction, at appropriate grade levels, to the BHISD Board of Education for final approval. The SHAC is composed of parents, teachers and community leaders who are responsible for making recommendations about the components of the health curriculum for use in an integrated school health program which reflects local values. Procedure: 1. The Elementary Schools' nurses will schedule the date and time with the principals, lead 5th grade teachers, and PE teachers. The school nurses and counselors in the Middle Schools will work with the principals on scheduling the Aim for Success assembly. The instruction is usually presented in May of each school year. 2. A parent preview will be offered in the evening (before the 7th grade assembly). 3. Notification and parental consent forms (opt in or opt out letters) regarding growth and development will be sent home in a timely manner. Parents may receive reminders through email notifications. 4. An alternate assignment will be available to students who will not attend the video viewing or assembly. 5. Students will be allowed a question and answer session at the end of the video or with the speaker at the end of the assembly.