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Health Curriculum Map

Health Education:  Curriculum Breakdown
Health and Wellness
  • Signs of Wellness
  • Heredity
  • Health Literacy
  • Action Plan
Mental Health
  • Self-Esteem
  • Hierarchy of Needs - Self-Actualization
  • Causes of Stress/Coping with Stress
  • Key Factors in Resilience
  • Eating Disorders
  • Clinical Depression, Anxiety, Self-Harm
Social Health
  • Family Structures
  • Different Forms of Abuse/Erin's Law
  • Internet Safety
  • Effective Forms of Communication
  • Healthy Relationships/Conflict Resolution
  • 6 Classes of Nutrients
  • Calories
  • Characteristics of a Healthy Diet
  • Body Mass Index/Basal Metabolic Rate
  • Health Risks of Being Overweight
  • Maintaining a Healthy Digestive System
Physical Fitness
  • The 3 Different Types of Muscles in the Body
  • Functions of the Nervous System
  • Functions of the Cardiorespiratory System
  • 5 Components of Fitness
  • Personal Hygiene
Substance Abuse
  • Intoxication Effects on the Body/Mind
  • Overdose/Withdrawal/Addiction
  • Carcinogens
  • Effects of Vaping
  • Drug Classifications/Illegal (Illicit) Drugs
  • Alcohol Abuse Adult/Minor - Treatment Options
  • Medications/Drug/Misuse/Abuse
  • Drug Antagonism/Synergism
Human Development
Preventing Disease
  • Causes and Spread of Infectious Diseases/Bacterial/Viral
  • Acute/Chronic Disease Prevention
  • How the Immune System Functions/Body's Defense Against Disease
  • CDC/WHO Response to Pandemic
First Aid/CPR
  • First Aid Response and Treatment
  • Cardiac Arrest vs Heart Attack
  • American Red Cross CPR and AED Ready
Argo Community School District 217 new Human Development unit supports PA 102-0522 for comprehensive personal health and sexual education. Our goal is to provide skills and tools for navigating relationships, including healthy sexual relationships. Our unit also promotes self-confidence and prevents health problems, unintended pregnancy in adolescents, and unhealthy relationships Our unit will consist of instruction related to: anatomy and physiology, puberty and adolescent sexual development, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation and identity, and sexual health. Although consent and healthy relationships as well as interpersonal violence fall under the Illinois Learning Standards for Comprehensive Sex Education, these topics are covered in our social health unit. More information regarding the importance of comprehensive sex education can be found at

In accordance with the state, no student shall be required to take or participate in the comprehensive sex education unit. A student’s parent or guardian may optionally request their student be pulled out of the comprehensive sex education unit by submitting the request in writing to their instructor at least 1 week prior to the unit. 

Students who opt-out of the human development unit will be moved to an alternate location for the duration of the unit. Students will be assigned a personal health project aligned to the ISBE and National Health Standards to complete during this unit while they are in that location. Students will receive a grade equivalent to the weight of the human development unit for this project. Students who fail to complete this project on time will receive a failing grade for the unit. 

Parents and guardians will be notified at least 2 weeks prior to the unit being taught through Powerschool contacts by the instructor. 
Parents and guardians who wish to seek out additional resources for Sexual Health Education can find resources on the Illinois State Board of Education website.
Below are links to several websites identified by the PA 102-0255 stakeholder group that are directed at parents/caregivers:



Age Range

Darkness to Light

Darkness to Light's Stewards of Children training program for adults is a fee-based training program about preventing and responding to sexual abuse. Some of the modules are offered for only $10 per person, and the site also offers a few free resources for adults, including school staff.


Don't Panic: Talking with Your Teen about Healthy Relationships and Sexuality

Don’t Panic: Talking with Your Teen about Healthy Relationships and Sexuality is composed of two separate electronic guides available in four languages that parents and caregivers can easily navigate. Available in English, Spanish, Arabic, and Urdu.


"Early, Open, Often"

These are parent websites about abuse prevention and open conversations within families. Available in English and Spanish.


Illinois Imagines Parent/caregiver guide

The Illinois Imagines toolkit consists of nine modules about sexuality and adults with disabilities. This guide for parents and caregivers​ is relevant to those caring for emerging adults (high school age students).


Keeping My Family Safe workbook

This handbook has a children and parents reading list at the end, a template for a family safety plan, and boundaries to set for your family. Available in English and Spanish.



NetSmartz​ is a program of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. It houses multiple resources focusing on the prevention of online sexual exploitation and the sharing of child sexual abuse material. Parents can download free resources to use, and children can practice safety using online games.


Sex Positive Families

This site is curated by a sexual health educator and social worker with a focus on culturally inclusive and gender inclusive educational support for family talks. Book list can be searched by age and topic.


Stop It Now

This website has free resources and a helpline pertaining to sexual harm, problematic sexual behavior, and abuse prevention. There are a number of free tip sheets.



Please reach out to the Assistant Division Chair for PE/Health Shelley Picha
[email protected] 708-467-5894 for any questions on the curriculum or procedures.


updated 09/21/2023