California - HE K-12 curriculum—alcohol and drug use/abuse (MS): Curricula

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State law addresses alcohol and drug use/abuse.

California Education Code 51260.

(a) Instruction shall be given in the elementary and secondary schools by appropriately trained instructors on drug education and the effects of the use of tobacco, alcohol, narcotics, dangerous drugs, as defined in Section 11032 of the Health and Safety Code, and other dangerous substances.

California Education Code 51890.

(a) For the purposes of this chapter, “comprehensive health education programs” are defined as all educational programs offered in kindergarten and grades 1 to 12, inclusive, in the public school system, including in-class and out-of-class activities designed to ensure that:

  • (1) Pupils will receive instruction to aid them in making decisions in matters of personal, family, and community health, to include the following subjects:
    • (A) The use of health care services and products.
    • (B) Mental and emotional health and development.
    • (C) Drug use and misuse, including the misuse of tobacco and alcohol.
    • (D) Family health and child development, including the legal and financial aspects and responsibilities of marriage and parenthood.
    • (E) Oral health, vision, and hearing.
    • (F) Nutrition, which may include related topics such as obesity and diabetes.
    • (G) Exercise, rest, and posture.
    • (H) Diseases and disorders, including sickle cell anemia and related genetic diseases and disorders.
    • (I) Environmental health and safety.
    • (J) Community health.
  • (2) To the maximum extent possible, the instruction in health is structured to provide comprehensive education in health that includes all the subjects in paragraph (1).
  • (3) The community actively participates in the teaching of health including classroom participation by practicing professional health and safety personnel in the community.
  • (4) Pupils gain appreciation for the importance and value of lifelong health and the need for each individual to take responsibility for his or her own health.
  • (5) School districts may voluntarily provide pupils with instruction on preventative health care, including obesity and diabetes prevention through nutrition education.

California Education Code 51262.

The Legislature hereby finds and declares that the use of anabolic steroids to expedite the physical development and to enhance the performance level of secondary school athletes presents a serious health hazard to these student athletes. It is the intent of the Legislature in enacting this measure that, beginning with the 1987–88 school year, schools be encouraged to include in instruction in grades 7 to 12, inclusive, in science, health, drug abuse, or physical education programs a lesson on the effects of the use of anabolic steroids.

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