Elementary Health Education

A Closer Look

What's Covered in Elementary Health

Elementary Educators are required to teach at least 20 health lessons a year. We recommend teachers teach 3 or more lessons in each of the 7 health categories:

  • Mental and Emotional Health
  • Injury Prevention and Safety
  • Personal and Community Health
  • Alcohol Tobacco and other Drugs
  • LGBTQ, Family Diversity, and Gender
  • Growth and Development
  • Nutrition and Physical Activity

For more information about what is assessed at each grade level, visit the Standards-Based Report Card page


Health education is taught from the following district-approved curricula:

  • HealthSmart (ETR)- comprehensive health education

  • Second Step (Committee for Children) - social emotional learning

  • Planned Parenthood - grades 5/6 puberty curriculum

To learn more about these curricula, visit the Elementary Curricula Page

Teachers, please login and use the SEL & Health Portal to find Health and SEL lessons.

Health Advocates

Healthy Eating, Physical Activity, Staff Wellness

A Health Advocate is school site staff member who is passionate about health and wellness. They play a vital role in promoting health education and implementation of the Wellness Policy. Health Advocates work with all members of the school community and team with local community based organizations to help create an environment where the healthy choice is the easy choice!

Staff members, do you want to help make your site a healthier place for students, staff and parents?

Contact Karen Tiu TiuK@sfusd.edu to join the Health Advocate team.

Report Cards

Health content is assessed on the report card at each grade level. Please visit our Standards-Based Report Cards Page for more information.

Contact Us

To learn more about Health Education at SFUSD elementary schools contact Teacher on Special Assignment Allison Shoule shoulea@sfusd.edu

This page was last updated on October 25, 2023