Health Care Program

Appalachian State University Academy at Middle Fork Health Care Program 

I. Introduction

The Appalachian State University Academy at Middle Fork (the “Academy”) is committed to a sound, comprehensive health education program that provides students with accurate information and encourages them to be responsible for their own health and behavior.  The comprehensive health education program provided by the Academy will meet the requirements of state law and the objectives established by the State Board of Education.  

II. Policy Scope

This policy shall apply to all students of the Academy. 

III. Definitions 

3.1Parent(s) - Includes parents, legal guardians, and legal custodians of students who are under 18 years old and who have not been emancipated. 

IV. Policy Statements 

4.1 Comprehensive Health Education Program

4.1.1 A comprehensive health education program must be taught to students from kindergarten through ninth grade.  As required by law, the health education program must include age-appropriate instruction on bicycle safety, nutrition, dental health, environmental health, family living, consumer health, disease control, growth and development, first aid and emergency care, mental and emotional health, drug and alcohol abuse prevention, prevention of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including HIV/AIDS and other communicable diseases, and reproductive health and safety education.  

4.1.2 Instruction on gender identity, sexual activity, or sexuality will not be included in the health education program in kindergarten through fourth grade.