Wachusett Regional School District
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Safety and Prevention - STRAND 3

Disease Prevention and Control
Safety and Injury Prevention
Tobacco, Alcohol, and Other Substance Use/Abuse Prevention
Violence Prevention

Safety and prevention include those aspects most often related to risky and dangerous behaviors and conduct that can have negative life-long consequences on health.  The topics are of particular importance for young people who are at the age when many of these behaviors are being contemplated.  The knowledge and skills presented in the personal safety strand provide a means for young people to avoid risky behavior, now and in the future, so that they can lead healthier lives.

Content Standards K-5

Disease Prevention and Control Standard

As a result of activities in grades K-5, all students should develop an understanding of:

  • The spread of illness and disease.
  • How lifestyle contributes to personal health.

Safety and Injury Prevention Standard

As a result of activities in grades K-5, all students should develop an understanding of:

  • Safety rules, practices, and procedures.
  • Ways to get assistance in dangerous or threatening circumstances.

Tobacco, Alcohol, and Other Substance Use/Abuse Prevention Standard

As a result of activities in grades K-5, all students should develop an understanding of:

  • Consequences of tobacco, alcohol, and substance use.
  • Alternatives to stress reduction instead of using tobacco, alcohol, or abusing substances.

Violence Prevention Standard

As a result of activities in grades K-5, all students should develop an understanding of:

  • How student’s actions affect others.
  • How to manage their emotions and solve problems peacefully.
  • Factors influencing an attitude that leads to violence.

Content Standards 6-8

Disease Prevention and Control Standard

As a result of activities in grades 6-8, all students should develop an understanding of:

  • Factors affecting a person’s health.
  • How heredity, environment, and lifestyle impact a person’s health.

Safety and Injury Prevention Standard

As a result of activities in grades 6-8, all students should develop an understanding of:

  • Potentially dangerous situations and making informed decisions to maintain the safety of self and others.
  • Prevention strategies in sports, hobbies, and leisure activities.

Tobacco, Alcohol, and Other Substance Use/Abuse Prevention Standard

As a result of activities in grades 6-8, all students should develop an understanding of:

  • Addiction and methods for intervention and treatment.
  • Personal responsibility for health-related decisions and how they can change over one’s lifetime.

Violence Prevention Standard

As a result of activities in grades 6-8, all students should develop an understanding of:

  • Communication skills needed to resolve conflicts peacefully.
  • Sources for maintaining personal health habits and support for potentially violent situations.

Content Standards 9-12

Disease Prevention and Control Standard

As a result of activities in grades 9-12, all students should develop an understanding of:

  • Health agencies and how they operate to respond to public health needs.
  • Prevention and control of common communicable diseases.
  • Social, economic, cultural, and environmental factors affecting health. 

Safety and Injury Prevention Standard

As a result of activities in grades 9-12, all students should develop an understanding of:

  • Safety strategies that address specific situations that have potential danger.
  • Guidelines that minimize the risk of accidents, injuries, and death.

Tobacco, Alcohol, and Other Substance Use/Abuse Prevention Standard

As a result of activities in grades 9-12, all students should develop an understanding of:

  • Lifestyle choices and how they contribute to use of substances.
  • Alternatives for stress reduction.

Violence Prevention Standard

As a result of activities in grades 9-12, all students should develop an understanding of:

  • Safety planning, strategies used in unsafe personal situations.
  • Social influences affecting community attitudes toward violence.