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

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State law addresses comprehensive sexual health education.

200-RICR-20-10-1 Basic Education Program

  1. Each LEA shall ensure that the coherent and coordinated K-12 curriculum for health includes:
    • a. Instruction in all content areas: personal health, mental and emotional health, injury prevention (including violence prevention), nutrition, sexuality and family life, disease prevention and control, and substance use and abuse prevention - including specific topic areas required by state statute;
    • b. An emphasis on developing the key skills (i.e., accessing information and services, analyzing social influences on health, assessing personal risks, goal-setting, decision making, communication, negotiation, and advocacy) that cut across all health content areas and on practicing health-enhancing behaviors;
    • c. Sequential, comprehensive, and developmentally appropriate instruction K-12;
    • d. Medically accurate information; and
    • e. Compliance with statutory requirements for instructional time as well as with other requirements in the Rules and Regulations for School Health Programs.

Rules and Regulations for School Health Programs

Section 5.0 Mandated Health Instructional Outcomes: Required Content Areas

5.1 The health education curriculum shall be based on the health education standards of the Rhode Island Health Education Framework: Health Literacy for All Students and consistent with the mandated health instructional outcomes therein. These outcomes shall pertain to no less than the following topics appropriate to grade or developmental level:

  • 5.1.7 Family Life and Sexuality: the responsibilities of family membership and adulthood, including issues related to reproduction, abstinence, dating and dating violence, marriage, and parenthood as well as information about sexually transmitted diseases, sexuality and sexual orientation, as part of comprehensive sexuality education. Pursuant to RIGL §16-22-18, courses in family life or sex education within this state shall include instruction on abstinence from sexual activity and refraining from sexual intercourse as the preferred method for the prevention of pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases;

[Inactive as of July 2018.]

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