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Health & Physical Education Information

ADTSEA Parent/Guardian Teen Learning-to-Drive Risk-Management Online Seminar Now Available!
The American Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association (ADTSEA) developed this course to assist parents and guardians in getting involved with their teens’ learning-to-drive experience.
If you are interested, please read this FLYER for more details!

Strive to Be an MVP Program

Our Physical Education Department has made some positive changes beginning 2nd marking period. We collaborated with students, district and building administration to increase instructional time and decrease unnecessary failures. Please take a look and if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me, Nicole Turi @ 973-470-2305. Thank you. 

 

Introduction to Health and Physical Education

The Health Education courses for the students of Clifton has been based upon research into developmentally sound and accepted topical areas of concern. These areas of concern are meant to prepare students in leading a healthy life-style through and understanding of wellness, positive relationships, sexuality, proper drug use and life management skills taught at home and in school. Physical Education provides an important function by supplying the student with a core of values, attitudes and beliefs that will awaken and inspire a desire to continue the pursuit of healthy, physical conditioning. Physical activity is important for physical skill development, social-emotional skill development, physical fitness development, and health related benefits. A well developed program can improve a student's quality of life and have a positive impact on their way of living. These programs shall be administered by qualified teachers who are equipped to cover all subject content appropriately. Continuing education of health educators through professional hours of attendance on topic areas presented is a component of the success of this program. The curriculum content contained herein will be followed as stated: The staff will be alert to emerging trends, developing new media and materials, and to any modifications which will present for future consideration. The role of the parent will continue to be a key one in this all-important educational area. The school program is supplementary to the education by the parent, and is designed to compliment it.

K-5 Health/Physical Education

It is a New Jersey state requirement that ten (10) hours of instruction be devoted each year to the subject of drugs, drug misuse, drug abuse and the prevention of drug addiction. This course in grades K through 5 is taught by health educators over 18 weeks or for two (2) marking periods, once per week for thirty minutes. It is a New Jersey requirement that one hundred and fifty (150) minutes of physical education, health, or safety instruction. This requirement can be achieved through:
 
                        Physical Education activities
                        Health Education
                        Chemical Health Curriculum
                        Social Problem-solving strategies
 
It has been determined that our Chemical Health Curriculum and Social Problem-solving Strategies can be included in the 150 minute requirement if staff members are clear on the following:
 
I.          Activities from the Chemical Health Curriculum are being included to create a healthier physical and social environment for the children.
 
II.        The Chemical Health Curriculum includes decision making (social problem-solving) as only one component of mental health, not the only component
 Parents are invited to communicate closely with the school their child attends regarding any concerns that they need addressed. Please be informed of N.J.A.C.6:29-7.1: “The local board of education shall establish procedures whereby any pupil, whose parent or guardian presents to the school principal a signed statement that any part of the instructions in this program is in conflict with his/her conscience or sincerely held moral or religious beliefs, shall be excused from that portion of the course where such instructions being given and no penalties, as to credit or graduation shall result there from.

6-8 Health/Physical Education

The New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards for Comprehensive Health and Physical Education have been addressed in designing this curriculum. The standards provide information and skills to develop responsible citizens who are health-literate. A New Jersey state requirement that ten (10) hours of instruction be devoted each year to the subject of drugs, drug misuse, drug abuse and the prevention of drug addiction has been incorporated into the course of study. This course is taught one period daily for one marking period per school year. One hundred and fifty minutes (150 minutes) of physical education per week is required by the State of New Jersey. This course meets one period per week, 5 days per week, for 3 marking periods. Parents are invited to communicate closely with the school their child attends regarding any concerns that they may have. As per N.J.S.A.18A:35-4.7: “Any child whose parent or guardian presents to the school principal a signed statement that any part of the instructions in health, family life education or sex education is in conflict with his conscience, or sincerely held moral or religious beliefs shall be excused from that portion of the course where such instruction is being given and no penalties as to credit or graduation shall result there from.” The student will be given alternative assignments that are department generated for grade calculation.

9 - 12 Health/Physical Education

Clifton High School’s Health Education curriculum for students, grades 9 - 12 has been designed to focus on the primary issues teenagers face today. The research for the curriculum is based on the six health risk behaviors from the Center for Disease Control. The topics that will be covered are alcohol, drugs, mental health, nutrition, physical activity, reproduction/sexuality, tobacco, driver education and life and career skills. The New Jersey Core curriculum content Standards for Comprehensive Health and Physical Education have been addressed in designing this curriculum. The standards provide information and skills to develop responsible citizens who are health-literate. A New Jersey State requirement that ten (10) hours of instruction be devoted each year to the subject of drugs, drug misuse, drug abuse and the prevention of drug addiction has been incorporated into the course of study. This course is taught one period daily for one marking period per school year. One hundred and fifty minutes (150 minutes) of physical education per week is required by the State of New Jersey. This is a full-year, 3 and 3 1/4 credit course, meeting one period per week, 5 days per week, for 3 marking periods. Parents are invited to communicate closely with the school their child attends regarding any concerns that they may have. As per N.J.S.A. 18A:35-4.7: Any student whose parent or guardian wishes to have their child excused from HEALTH EDUCATION/FAMILY LIFE classes due to conflict with conscience, moral or religious beliefs may do so by writing a letter to the K-12 Supervisor. The student will alternately be sent to the media center each day to complete a department generated assignment for grade calculation.

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