Elementary Grades K-4 Health Curriculum
The deadline to submit this form is Wednesday, August 19, 2020, 9:00 PM.

Parents/Guardians MUST complete this form for EACH STUDENT enrolled in the Virtual Learning Option.
Elementary Grades K-4 Health Curriculum
Dear Parents/Guardians:

The State Board of Education’s Comprehensive Health and Physical Education Program Rule (#160-4-2-12) and Georgia’s State-Adopted Health Standards require schools to include family living, growth, and development, and personal health and safety in the health curriculum taught in elementary school. Safety will be the focus of instruction for students in grades K-4.

A local review committee meets periodically to examine materials for the curriculum to ensure resources reflect age-level appropriateness and Effingham County’s community values. This review committee, as mandated by law, is composed primarily of non-teaching parents who have children enrolled in our public schools, but also includes educators, health professionals, community representatives, and two high school students.

This letter serves to notify you that the course of instruction for safety is scheduled to be taught to all students in grades K-4. The safety curriculum teaches children skills that will help keep them safe from dangerous or abusive situations. Children also learn to ask for help when they need it. The curriculum addresses personal safety (rules that will help keep them safe in a variety of potentially dangerous situations), touching safety (identifying unsafe touches, saying “no,” getting away, not keeping secrets about touching, and telling a grown-up if someone initiates an unsafe touch), and assertiveness/support (helps students practice getting out of unsafe situations and asking a grown-up for help).

Here is the link to a listing of the possible resources that nurses, counselors, and classroom teachers may use in the instruction of this curriculum:


Most resources listed are available at each school, though certain resources may be applicable only to one or more schools.

If you wish to review the materials, please contact your school’s instructional supervisor. The curriculum and resources will be available for review by parents/guardians August 10-19, 2020.

Parents or legal guardians may exercise the option of excluding their children from the course of study.

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