Danielle Blalock, Supervisor of Student Services
The goal of the health education program is to help students develop awareness and appreciation of the mental, social, physical and emotional aspects of a healthy individual. The program also is designed to help them develop a positive self-image and effective decision-making skills. Since the health curriculum reflects the world outside the school system, it changes to include current concerns and health problems, such as the AIDS epidemic and substance abuse prevention.
The curriculum includes the following units: personal health, prevention and control of disease, environmental health, family living, mental health, substance abuse prevention (alcohol, tobacco, drugs), safety education, first aid and CPR, consumer education and health career education.
These units begin in kindergarten and continue through twelfth grade. The emphasis on each depends on the grade level. The substance abuse prevention units focus on three areas: providing information, developing social skills and promoting bonds between the students, their peers, parents and their community. In addition, a cooperative program between the school and the East Brunswick Police Department is presented in all the fifth grades. The unit integrates the district curriculum with the DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program originated by the police.
The health program in tenth grade is driver education. Students receive a minimum of 30 hours of classroom instruction on driving and safety techniques, financial responsibility, and traffic laws. An elective course in adult CPR and teen management skills is offered in grades ten through twelve.