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Healthy School Components

Health Education ›

is a curricular-based program that is comprehensive, sequential and developmentally appropriate for grades K-12. Health education teaches about physical, emotional and social health. It builds students' knowledge and skills and motivates students to improve and maintain their health, prevent disease, and reduce risky behaviors.

Physical Education ›

is a curricular-based program that is comprehensive, sequential and developmentally appropriate for grades K-12 that promotes lifelong physical activity. It helps students to develop the knowledge, motor skills, self-management skills, social skills, attitudes and confidence needed to adopt and maintain physical activity throughout their lives.

HIV/AIDS & STDs ›

education is about HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted disease (STD) as required by state law as part of comprehensive school health education. The focus is on prevention by teaching the knowledge and skills necessary for students to make healthy choices.

Sexuality Education ›

is a comprehensive approach to curricular-based programs that are sequential and developmentally appropriate for grades K-12 that teach knowledge and skills for healthy relationships. The focus is on delayed sexual activity, pregnancy prevention and reducing risky behaviors.

School Safety ›

involves a comprehensive, and integrated approach to develop a full continuum of programs and services encompassing efforts to promote positive development, prevent problems, respond early, and offer interventions and resources to promote school safety.

Afterschool Opportunities ›


provide children and youth with safe and meaningful programs and activities when the regular school day ends. These programs provide academic support, enrichment, physical activity, arts and experiential learning to complement students' education programs.

Nutrition ›

promotes health and wellness as well as learning and academic achievement. Schools provide a broad range of programs, services and nutrition education for students in grades K-12. The RI Department of Education is responsible for administering major U.S. Department of Agriculture Child Nutrition Programs.

Health Services ›

are programs and services provided to students to assess, protect, and promote health. Schools employ qualified professionals such as physicians, nurses, dentists, and other allied health personnel to provide these services.

Family & Community Engagement ›

encourages schools, families, and the community to work together to promote the health, well-being and learning of all students. Family and community involvement fosters partnerships among schools, families, community groups and individuals so that all students succeed in school.

Healthy School Buildings ›

and school grounds include policies and protocols that must be in place to ensure food protection, sanitation, safe water supply, healthy air quality, good lighting, safe playgrounds, and emergency evacuation, among other issues that relate to healthy school buildings.