Mississippi - HE K-12 curriculum—comprehensive sexual HE (HS): Curricula

Area: 
Curricula
Policy Type: 
Statute
Summary: 

State law addresses comprehensive sexual health education.

Mississippi Code. § 41-79-5 School nurse intervention program

(2) By the school year 1998-1999, each public school district shall have employed a school nurse, to be known as a Health Service Coordinator, pursuant to the school nurse intervention program prescribed under this section. The school nurse intervention program shall offer any of the following specific preventive services, and other additional services appropriate to each grade level and the age and maturity of the pupils:

  • (a) Reproductive health education and referral to prevent teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, which education shall include abstinence;
  • (b) Child abuse and neglect identification;
  • (c) Hearing and vision screening to detect problems which can lead to serious sensory losses and behavioral and academic problems;
  • (d) Alcohol, tobacco and drug abuse education to reduce abuse of these substances;
  • (e) Scoliosis screening to detect this condition so that costly and painful surgery and lifelong disability can be prevented;
  • (f) Coordination of services for handicapped children to ensure that these children receive appropriate medical assistance and are able to remain in public school;
  • (g) Nutrition education and counseling to prevent obesity and/or other eating disorders which may lead to life-threatening conditions, for example, hypertension;
  • (h) Early detection and treatment of head lice to prevent the spread of the parasite and to reduce absenteeism;
  • (i) Emergency treatment of injury and illness to include controlling bleeding, managing fractures, bruises or contusions and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR);
  • (j) Applying appropriate theory as the basis for decision making in nursing practice;
  • (k) Establishing and maintaining a comprehensive school health program;
  • (l) Developing individualized health plans;
  • (m) Assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating programs and other school health activities, in collaboration with other professionals;
  • (n) Providing health education to assist students, families and groups to achieve optimal levels of wellness;

Mississippi Code Title 41. Public Health § 41-79-53. Teen pregnancy prevention programs

(1) The Mississippi Department of Human Services shall develop programs to accomplish the purpose of one or more of the following strategies:

  • (a) Promoting effective communication among families about preventing teen pregnancy, particularly communication among parents or guardians and their children;
  • (b) Educating community members about the consequences of unprotected, uninformed and underage sexual activity and teen pregnancy;
  • (c) Encouraging young people to postpone sexual activity and prepare for a healthy, successful adulthood, including teaching them skills to avoid making or receiving unwanted verbal, physical, and sexual advances;
  • (d) Providing medically accurate information about the health benefits and side effects of all contraceptives and barrier methods as a means to prevent pregnancy and reduce the risk of contracting sexually transmitted infections, including HIV/AIDS; or
  • (e) Providing educational information, including medically accurate information about the health benefits and side effects of all contraceptives and barrier methods, for young people in those communities who are already sexually active or are at risk of becoming sexually active and inform young people in those communities about the responsibilities and consequences of being a parent, and how early pregnancy and parenthood can interfere with educational and other goals.

(2) The State Department of Health shall develop programs with the following strategies:

  • (a) To carry out activities, including counseling, to prevent unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV/AIDS, among teens;
  • (b) To provide necessary social and cultural support services regarding teen pregnancy;
  • (c) To provide health and educational services related to the prevention of unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV/AIDS, among teens;
  • (d) To promote better health and educational outcomes among pregnant teens; and
  • (e) To provide training for individuals who plan to work in school-based support programs regarding the prevention of unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV/AIDS, among teens.
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