Health education is a required academic subject that teaches students how to take care of their minds, their bodies, and their relationships with others. Health education is required for students every year, in grades K-12. In health class, students learn the concepts and skills they need to be healthy for life, including:
- Social and emotional skills
- How to set goals for life and health
- How to find and use health services
- Good communication and relationship skills
- How to set boundaries and resist negative social pressure
These skills are especially important during times when families and students are managing illness or other challenging situations.
As part of the City and the DOE’s focus on the social and emotional well-being of all our students during the reopening of schools, the Bridge to School plan is designed to help schools create a safe, supportive learning environment centered around addressing the trauma caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
While your child is at home, you can support their physical, mental, social, and emotional development with the following free resources.