Health and Physical Education
1058 Fifth Avenue
Jonesboro, GA 30236
Physical Education Program
All K-5 schools in the State of Georgia are required to provide
at least ninety hours of Health and Physical Education instruction per school year.
Although the annual requirement is ninety hours, many teachers view physical activity
for all children as a critical part of the instructional day, and therefore, ensure
that students receive more than the required time. All middle (6-8) school students
are scheduled into physical education as part of the connections classes. On the high
school level, one semester of physical education, in the form of Personal Fitness,
is required for graduation. The State Department of Education has established minimum
standards for all levels and courses in physical education through the written Georgia
Performance Standards Framework. These minimum standards are imbedded within our curriculum.
Clayton County Public Schools has thirty seven Elementary schools and
twenty three physical education specialists are employed to provide quality instruction
to all of our students. Clayton County is committed to provide physical education to every
child. Our program includes annual instruction in fitness, loco-motor and non-loco-motor
skills, equipment manipulation, body management, rhythms and social skills. Recently,
Clayton County Public Schools has teamed up with the State of Georgia to assess our students'
fitness levels utilizing FitnessGram. We have also adopted CATCH Physical Education as
supplemental material for classroom teachers. Classroom teachers also use the Energizers
program to get students up and moving inside the classroom. We are proud of our instructional
program and the materials and equipment available to both classroom teachers and highly
qualified physical education instructors.
The Middle school curriculum introduces middle school students to a
wide range of fitness activities, team and lifetime sports, recreational games and track
and field. Included in the fitness activities is an emphasis on personal fitness to help
combat increasing levels of childhood obesity. The FitnessGram student fitness assessment
is also administered to students enrolled in all Middle School Physical Education classes.
High School Physical Education programs focus on personal fitness
with opportunities to explore a variety of individual and team sports. The Personal
Fitness course is usually scheduled in the ninth grade year and is required for graduation.
Computerized fat analysis and heart rate equipment is available in all high schools.
After thorough assessment, students set personal health goals that they are encouraged
to maintain or improve upon for a lifetime. Other physical education courses offered
include team and lifetime sports, track and field and weight training. We believe that as
part of the total educational process secondary physical education should be universal in
opportunity and individualized in application, therefore students can achieve the highest
level of health related fitness and improve lifetime and team skills and abilities.
Health Education Program
In the state of Georgia, Health and Physical Education is required a minimum
of ninety hours per school year in grades kindergarten through five. As this is a minimum
requirement and because teachers view the area of health education in the elementary grades
as a critical and integral part of their instructional program, many include more than the
required number of hours. Middle School students in Clayton County receive
health instruction as part of their connections classes. It is our belief that the middle
school students are at a critical point in their social and emotional development and that
the issues facing them are more complex, therefore every effort is made for students in grade
6-8 to receive nine weeks of health instruction annually. A semester (18 weeks) of health is
required for high school and must be successfully completed prior to graduation. Georgia
Performance Standards are established by the State Department of Education in health.
These minimum standards are embedded in the curriculum.
Elementary (K-5) health education in Clayton County
Schools is comprehensive and includes activities in the areas of nutrition, mental
health, safety, disease prevention, human life cycle, violence prevention, alcohol,
tobacco, and other drugs. Our curriculum has been designed and selected by classroom
teachers for classroom teachers. The kindergarten classrooms use the Health Promotion
Wave Curriculum and instructional kits. First through fifth grade students have the
textbook Your Health by Harcourt Brace.
Instruction in health in the middle grades (6-8) is also
comprehensive and includes a wide variety of topics. The adopted textbooks for grade
6-8 are Teen Health (Course 1 6th Grade;
Course 2 7th Grade, and
Course 3 8th Grade)
by Glencoe/McGraw Hill and Choosing the Best. Local and Georgia Performance Standards
address the areas of safety, nutrition, mental health, disease prevention, human life
cycle, alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, and decision making through critical
thinking strategies and literacy are a focus across the curriculum.
The High School (9-12) Health class is eighteen weeks in length and is
a requirement for graduation in the State of Georgia. Local and Georgia Performance
Standards address the areas of safety, nutrition, mental health, disease prevention,
human life cycle, alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs as well as the Alcohol and Drug
Awareness Program (ADAP). This program is mandated by the state and supported by the
Georgia State Patrol. The course is required of all persons under the age of 18 who
wish to acquire a driver's license. The course is four hours in length and culminates
with a written test. In order to receive a Georgia Driver's License the student must
attend all four hours of the course and successfully pass the written exam. Additionally,
HB 217, which was passed in 2013, requires that all High School Health classes provide
Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation instruction. Although this instruction does not have to
lead to student certification in CPR, it does require that all students must be complete
a unit of CPR. Textbooks used in addition to the ADAP materials are
Choosing the Best
Pearson's Health (2014).