Georgia - HE K-12 curriculum—comprehensive sexual HE (ES): Curricula

Policy Type: 
statute; regulation; standard

State law addresses comprehensive sexual health education.

O.C.G.A. §20-2-143. Sex education and AIDS prevention instruction; implementation; student exemption

(b) The State Board of Education shall prescribe a minimum course of study in sex education and AIDS prevention instruction which may be included as a part of a course of study in comprehensive health education for such grades andgrade levels in the public school system as shall be determined by the state board and shall establish standards for its administration. The course may include instruction concerning human biology, conception, pregnancy, birth, sexually transmitted diseases, and acquired immune deficiency syndrome. The course shall include instruction concerning the legal consequences of parenthood, including, without being limited to, the legal obligation of both parents to support a child and legal penalties or restrictions upon failure to support a child, including, without being limited to, the possible suspension or revocation of a parent's driver's license and occupational or professional licenses. The course shall also include annual age-appropriate sexual abuse and assault awareness and prevention education in kindergarten through grade 9. A manual setting out the details of such course of study shall be prepared by or approved by the State School Superintendent in cooperation with the Department of Public Health, the State Board of Education, and such expert advisers as they may choose.

Rules and Regulations of the State of Georgia Rule 160-4-2-.12. Comprehensive Health and Physical Education Program Plan

    1. Nutrition
    1. Personal health
    1. Sex education/AIDS education
    1. Safety
    1. Mental health
    1. Growth and development
    1. Consumer health
    1. Community health
    1. Health careers
    1. Family living
    1. Motor skills
    1. Physical fitness
    1. Lifetime sports
    1. Outdoor education
    1. Fitness assessment
      Source: Georgia Secretary of State

Rules and Regulations of the State of Georgia Rule 160-4-2-.12. Comprehensive Health and Physical Education Program Plan

(1) Definitions

  • (d) Sex education/AIDS education -- a planned program that shall include instruction relating to the handling of peer pressure, promotion of high self-esteem, local community values, and abstinence from sexual activity as an effective method of preventing acquired immune deficiency syndrome and the only sure method of preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. This instruction shall emphasize abstinence from sexual activity until marriage and fidelity in marriage as important personal goals.
    Source: Georgia Secretary of State

Georgia Performance Standards for Health Education

The National and Georgia Standards for Health Education are designed to incorporate into a curricula the following six priority adolescent risk behaviors identified by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Alcohol and other Drug Use, Injury and Violence (including Suicide), Tobacco Use, Poor Nutrition, Inadequate Physical Activity, and Risky Sexual Behavior. The standards also are designed to encompass a wide range of the following common content areas: Community Health, Consumer Health, Environmental Health, Family Life, Mental/Emotional Health, Injury Prevention/Safety, Nutrition, Personal Health, Prevention/Control of Disease, and Substance Use/Abuse. (Table 1 shows the relationship between the National Health Education Standards, Common Health Education Content Areas, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Adolescent Risk Behaviors.)
Source: Georgia Department of Education

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