In our local and global communities, the number of people affected by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) is increasing. Education is one of the key factors in reducing the incidence of HIV/AIDS infections among the populace and especially our youth. The goal of this committee is to develop a comprehensive K-12 curriculum that will provide helpful, accurate and pertinent information regarding HIV/AIDS to the children and adolescents of the Massapequa School District.
The curriculum will have the central focus on reducing the incidence of HIV/AIDS infection and saving the lives of our youth. Students will be instructed on the basics of the disease, modes of transmission and means of prevention. With this information, students will be better able to make responsible decisions and avoid risky behaviors. In addition, resources for information, and testing and counseling will be made available as additional sources of support.The family, school and community share in the task of promoting healthy living. The schools have a responsibility, as mandated by New York State, to provide information and assist students in developing an understanding of the many aspects of the HIV/AIDS crisis. Professional development will be provided to our teachers in order to assist in the implementation and instruction of the HIV/AIDS curriculum. Means of evaluation will be put in place to ensure that our students are receiving quality HIV/AIDS instruction. The comprehensive K-12 curriculum presented here must evolve as our understanding of the disease develops.
HIV/AIDS Awareness Week Activities
During HIV/AIDS Awareness Week, typically the first week in December, all nine schools will be displaying quilt panels and the public viewing of the quilt will take place at Massapequa High School. All teachers and students will be given red ribbons to wear during the week to show their support and awareness for this deadly yet preventable disease.STUDENT ACTIVITIES:
- The Peer AIDS Educators host grade level assemblies at MHS
- They will also visit Berner to present to the 8th grade and 7th grade health students
- All 7th and 9th grade health classes will be teaching lessons about AIDS this week
- All elementary teachers will be conducting HIV/AIDS-related lessons also during this week.