Programs and Campus Initiatives
Worth the Wait Curriculum for 5th and 6th Graders:
A variety of topics are covered to help students realize the social, psychological, and physical health gains they will achieve by abstaining from sexual activity. It also provides students with the skills that will lead them to self-sufficiency and a strong resolve to remain abstinent.
Healthy and Wise Health Curriculum:
Topics covered are fitness, nutrition, personal health, family health, community health, consumer health, environmental health, growth & development, mental & emotional health, injury prevention & safety, prevention & control of disease, substance use & abuse. Activities are provided that promote & foster a safe & healthy school environment.
First Knights and Early Act Club:
Through a grant from the Rotary Club, a program has been initiated for several years for all grade levels, which includes a curriculum binder for each classroom teacher, monthly Knighting Ceremonies honoring students selected for exemplifying traits of character, and a club for students who want to make a difference. Traits of character include tolerance, responsibility, confidence, perseverance, discipline, respect, honesty, compassion, friendliness, and service.
"Smart Choices", Internet safety, and Bullying Prevention:
Through the Kids' Advocacy Place, a representative visits classes at every grade level twice a school year with presentations on "Smart Choices", internet safety, and anti-bullying.
Healthy and Wise Program
Coordinated School Health Legislation:
- In 2001, 77th Texas legislature directed the Texas Education Agency to make available a coordinated school health curriculum to be implemented in grades K-5 and required every school system to be trained in its implementation by 2007.
- In 2003, the 78th legislature directed the Texas Education Agency to make available more than one coordinated school health curriculum and directed the Commissioner of Education to adopt criteria for evaluating those programs submitted for approval.
- In 2005 the 79th legislature directed the Texas Education Agency to expand the availability of coordinated school health curriculum to middle and junior high school students; and, directed each school district to participate in appropriate training and implement their program of choice in each middle and junior high school.
After careful review of several coordinated school health programs, the Boerne ISD SHAC chose the Healthy and Wise program for use in both elementary and middle schools.
Worth the Wait Program
In 2007, the SHAC concluded a six-month review of the district's abstinence education curriculum, as well as two other programs. In April 2007, SHAC members voted to recommend to the school board that the district make application as a grant school in the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio's abstinence curriculum, Worth the Wait, for grades 5 through high school.
The curriculum is based upon medical and legal facts regarding teen sexual activity which teaches abstinence as the healthiest choice for teens. In addition to the curriculum, Worth the Wait program components include: teacher training conferences, district-wide training seminars, healthcare professional seminars, community involvement, and research.
Additional information is available at Worth the Wait Program