Health, Physical Education, and Special Programs

Health, Physical Education, and Special Programs

Welcome to the Health, Physical Education, and Special Programs Web Site. This web site is provided as a resource for school and district administrators, teachers, parents, students, and the public. On this site you will find information regarding the many programs and services offered in the above-mentioned areas.

· Course related information (standards and benchmarks)
· Curriculum guidance
· Technical assistance documents
· Links to Internet resources, including interactive sites for students
· Teacher contact information

On July 17, 2019, the State Board of Education voted to require every Florida public school to provide students in grades 6-12 at least five hours of mental health instruction. This announcement further solidifies the State of Florida’s commitment to ensuring Florida’s school children are provided all the tools necessary to succeed in life.  School districts must annually provide a minimum of five hours of instruction to grades 6-12 students related to youth mental health awareness and assistance. The instruction must include:

  1. Awareness of signs and symptoms;

  2. Process for getting or seeking help for themselves or others;

  3. Awareness of resources (i.e., Fortify Florida app and the National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255); and

  4. What to do or say to peers struggling with mental health disorders.

Citrus County: Mental Health Implementation Plan

The Citrus County School District has been recognized by the Florida Department of Education for 2018-2020 as a Florida Healthy School District, which are districts that have made a high level commitment to meeting the health needs of students and staff in order to remove barriers to learning and maximize district resources.

One of the ways we are building a healthy school district is by implementing our Substance Use and Abuse Health Education Plan in our schools, which is mandated by the State of Florida.  This plan includes instructional materials that our taught to our students throughout the school year about substance abuse such as our Red Ribbon Campaign; the 'Know The Law' curriculum which we teach in partnership with the Citrus County Sheriff's Office and 'Varsity Brands' lessons.  These lessons and activities focus on drug awareness, substance abuse prevention strategies, decision-making skills, overcoming obstacles, and the impact of drugs on the brain. 

Citrus County: Substance Use and Abuse Health Education Implementation Plan

Citrus County: Child Trafficking Prevention Implementation Plan