School says decision years away for new health standards

NEBRASKA CITY – The Nebraska City School Board issued a statement following Monday’s meeting outlining its curriculum adoption process and highlighting the school’s current health education standards.

Some speakers during the 30-minute public input portion of the meeting asked the board to vote on a resolution in opposition to proposed health standards that include instruction on family structure, gender identity and human sexuality. Public comments were also received in opposition to critical race theory and the wearing of face masks for virus protection.

The school board’s statement says health standards, such as those currently proposed at the state level, would not be considered for adoption in Nebraska City sooner than the 2023-24 school year.

The school statement said the school's current health standards promote disease prevention and expects students to show an ability to avoid health risks and advocate for personal, family and community health.

Here is the school's statement:

Nebraska City Public Schools Press Release - Tuesday, August 10, 2021

At the Monday, August 9, 2021 Nebraska City Public Schools Board of Education meeting Curriculum

Director, Mr. Craig Taylor presented on the school district’s curriculum adoption process in response to interest in the recent Nebraska Department of Education health standards has created.

Mr. Taylor also specifically addressed the curriculum adoption calendar related to the Nebraska City Public School health standards.

After the presentation, the Board of Education gave a directive to Superintendent of Schools, Mr. Mark Fritch, to share a press release stating the district’s curriculum adoption cycle and health standards. Nebraska City Public Schools will continue to teach the Nebraska City Health Standards that were adopted by the NCPS Board of Education in the 2016-2017 school year, the Board of Education will not adopt the health standards as proposed by the Department of Education, and will continue to follow the district’s curriculum adoption cycle.

Curriculum Adoption Cycle

The School District is on a 7 year cycle. This cycle has been adjusted as budget constraints have caused some curriculum adoption cycles to go beyond 7 years. The 7 year cycle consists of the following steps:

  • Planning; Review standards, achievement data, current curriculum and assess needs. This is the step in which the Board of Education would approve standards that will guide the development phase.
  • Development; Preview Materials, Develop/update curriculum pacing guides
  • Implementation; Purchase materials, conduct professional development
  • Implementation; Determine baseline achievement, evaluate materials and instruction, continue
  • professional development
  • Implementation; Monitor implementation and achievement data
  • Implementation; Monitor implementation and achievement data
  • Evaluation; Determine success of materials and teacher implementation

Plan for 2021-2022 School Year

  • Planning Phase None
  • Development Phase Technology, Social Emotional Learning/Counseling, Vocational
  • Implementation year 1 Social Studies, Science
  • Implementation year 2 None
  • Implementation year 3 World Language, Language Arts
  • Implementation year 4 Health/PE, Art, Music
  • Evaluation Math

Plan Specifically related to Health Standards

2016-2017 Planning Phase, Nebraska City Board of Education approves Nebraska City

Health Standards

  • 2021-2022 Implementation year 4, continue teaching Nebraska City Health Standards
  • 2022-2023 Evaluation; Determine success of materials and teacher implementation
  • 2023-2024 Planning; Review current standards, achievement data, current curriculum and
  • assess needs. The district (team of teachers led by curriculum director that has
  • solicited input from the community) will make a recommendation to the Board of
  • Education on standards and curriculum to adopt.
  • 2024-2025 Development Phase; Staff would align instruction with standards and curriculum
  • 2025-2026 Implementation year 1; First year the “new” curriculum would be implemented in

The Following are the Nebraska City Public Schools Health Standards

Health Education

Health Education is a unique and separate academic discipline. It influences individual, family, and societal development, knowledge, attitudes and behavior and seeks the improvement of individual, family and community health. Health education helps individuals seek that which moves them toward optimal stages of wellness. It also means to aid individuals and families in overcoming the debilitating effects of economic deprivation, the lack of balance, disease and accidents of life.

Mission

The mission of health education is to motivate young people to maintain and improve their health, prevent disease, and avoid or reduce health-related risk behaviors. It is the role of the health educator to provide young people with the knowledge and skills they need to be healthy for a lifetime and to utilize these health enhancing skills as a means for achieving life's goals.

The Nebraska City Health Education Standards states:

  • Standard 1: Students will comprehend concepts related to health promotion and disease

prevention to enhance health.

  • Standard 2: Students will analyze the influence of family, peers, culture, media, technology

and other factors on health behaviors.

  • Standard 3: Students will demonstrate the ability to access valid information and products

and services to enhance health.

  • Standard 4: Students will demonstrate the ability to use interpersonal communication skills to

enhance and avoid or reduce health risks.

  • Standard 5: Students will demonstrate the ability to use decision-making skills to enhance

health.

  • Standard 6: Students will demonstrate the ability to use goal-setting skills to enhance health.
  • Standard 7: Students will demonstrate the ability to practice health-enhancing behaviors and

avoid or reduce health risks.

  • Standard 8: Students will demonstrate the ability to advocate for personal, family and

community health.

Elementary Instruction

Health

The curriculum helps children develop an understanding of the body systems, nutrition, wellness (including physical activity), and healthy living habits.

Physical Education

The curriculum helps children develop and maintain physical coordination, large and small muscle control, physical fitness, leisure activities, and healthy behaviors.

Middle Level Instruction

Health

The curriculum includes the study of body systems and those factors which affect health, including natural and man-made threats and individual health choices.

Physical Education

The curriculum includes active involvement in health-related physical fitness activities designed to develop cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular strength and endurance, and flexibility. It encourages students to develop habits of physical exercise through individual and team activities and by emphasizing involvement rather than competition. Practice for and participation in interscholastic activities cannot substitute for any part of physical education.

High School Instruction

Personal Health and Physical Fitness- 20 instructional units or two years of daily classes in personal health and physical fitness. The personal health and physical fitness curriculum includes content to emphasize life-long wellness habits including the knowledge and psychomotor skills applicable to cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

The curriculum emphasizes non-participation in high- risk behavior. The physical fitness curriculum includes an active program of health-related physical fitness, including cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, and body composition. Practice for and participation in interscholastic athletic activities are not accepted as a substitute for any part of the personal health and physical fitness requirement

 

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