The connection between mind and body is crucial to personal growth and development: health education is the integrated teaching of physical, intellectual, emotional, environment, and social wellness (PIEES). Our vision of health education at Valley View School District 365U is to gain the skills and knowledge of overall wellness.
Our Health Education programs align with Valley View School District's Strategic Plan. The curriculum provides a responsive and caring culture that teaches emotional and physical safety (Priority 1). The goal of the curriculum is to support every learner with relevant and rigorous curriculum in a responsive and inclusive fashion (Priority 2).
Statement on New Health Mandate (Public Act 102-522):
Governor Pritzker signed Public Act 102-522 (S.B 818) into law on August 20, 2021. The law named the “New Comprehensive Personal Health and Safety and Comprehensive Sexual Health Education Requirements Law” includes 15 mandates for all comprehensive sexual education programs. The law only affects sexual education programs. Currently, Valley View School District teaches comprehensive sexual education during 8th and 9th grade health education courses.
In elementary schools, 4th and 5th grade students have the opportunity to learn about puberty and hygiene. More information can be found at www.vvsd.org/K5learning under the 4th or 5th grade information pages.
Valley View School District is in the process of evaluating the implications of the new law on the current curricula. The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) is currently reviewing the new law, the Illinois Health Standards and the National Sexual Education Standards. Guidance on the new law is due no later than August 2022.
If it is determined that changes to the curricula will be needed, the work will be done through a committee and with full transparency to the public.