Public Act 102-0522 (SB818)
At this time, School District U-46 is still waiting for the Illinois State Board of Education to draft and adopt rigorous learning standards in the area of comprehensive personal health and safety education for pupils in kindergarten through 5th grade and comprehensive sexual health education for pupils in the 6th through 12th grades. The State Board of Education is not required to put out this information prior to August 1, 2022. As such, the current School District U-46 curriculum will continue to be taught for the 2022-2023 school year.
Once standards are released, School District U-46 will follow our curriculum adoption process to review the current curriculum, determine if updates or revisions are needed, and bring forward formal curriculum proposals for approval via our internal procedures and Board of Education approval as outlined by the Board of Education policies.
Additional information about the implementation of Public Act 102-0522, 105 ILCS 5/27-9.1a and 27-9.1b, is available at the State Board of Education website.
Elementary Health Education
School District U46 is in the process of developing a comprehensive K-6 health education curriculum. There have been a variety of K-6 state mandates in health education and social-emotional learning that will be reviewed for inclusion into this curriculum.
Erin’s Law, or Illinois Public Act 097-1147, requires public schools to provide child sexual abuse prevention education for children in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grades. Below are links that explain what Erin's Law is, how to support your student/child, and what content is being shared in U-46 schools. Formal presentations are provided to students in grades K-4. This content is also discussed in 8th and 10th-grade health education.
Resources that may be used in classroom presentations:
Some Secrets Should Never Be Kept- by Jayneen Sanders
Algunes Secretos nunca deben guardarse- by Jayneen Sanders
My Body Belongs to Me from My Head to My Toes- Created by pro familia
i Mi Cuerpo es Mio!- Created by pro familia
C is for Consent- by Eleanor Morrison
Middle School Health Education
Middle school health education is an 18-week course in eighth grade for all students. The curriculum templates were updated and approved in April 2020 by the Board of Education. The templates below are reviewed and updated yearly to include new mandated content from the Regional Office of Education and the Illinois State Board of Education.
High School Health Education BOE Approved Curriculum
The High School Health Education Curriculum was approved by the Board of Education in April 2020. This curriculum is a Skills-Based approach to teaching knowledge as well as School Code mandated content. This curriculum is aligned with the National Health Education Standards that focus on 7 skills students must know and be able to do to empower them to make healthy decisions and take control of their health. Health Education in U-46 will look very different from the health classes of the past. Below are the curriculum templates that guide the lessons within your student's class.
Health Class Looks Different in U-46
Health Advocate and 2017 SHAPE America National Health Teacher of the Year, Andy Milne shares his ideas on how health education has changed over the years. He encourages the teaching of life skills and advocacy to help younger generations make smart choices and live healthy lives. This is the same focus that was in place when developing our health curriculums.
Ted Talk-This is Not your Parent's Health Class- Andrew Milne- National Health Teacher of the Year.