Illinois - HE K-12 curriculum—ES: Curricula

Area: 
Curricula
Policy Type: 
statute; regulation
Summary: 

State law requires elementary HE curriculum.

Illinois Compiled Statutes 105 ILCS 110/3 Comprehensive Health Education Program

The program established under this Act shall include, but not be limited to, the following major educational areas as a basis for curricula in all elementary and secondary schools in this State: human ecology and health, human growth and development, the emotional, psychological, physiological, hygienic and social responsibilities of family life, including sexual abstinence until marriage, prevention and control of disease, including instruction in grades 6 through 12 on the prevention, transmission and spread of AIDS, age-appropriate sexual abuse and assault awareness and prevention education in grades pre-kindergarten through 12, public and environmental health, consumer health, safety education and disaster survival, mental health and illness, personal health habits, alcohol, drug use, and abuse including the medical and legal ramifications of alcohol, drug, and tobacco use, abuse during pregnancy, evidence-based and medically accurate information regarding sexual abstinence, tobacco, nutrition, and dental health. The program shall also provide course material and instruction to advise pupils of the Abandoned New born Infant Protection Act. The program shall include information about cancer, including without limitation types of cancer, signs and symptoms, risk factors, the importance of early prevention and detection, and information on where to go for help. Notwithstanding the above educational areas, the following areas may also be included as a basis for curricula in all elementary and secondary schools in this State: basic first aid (including, but not limited to, cardiopulmonary resuscitation and the Heimlich maneuver), heart disease, diabetes, stroke, the prevention ofchild abuse, neglect, and suicide, and teen dating violence in grades 7 through 12. Beginning with the 2014-2015 school year, training on how to properly administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (which training must be in accordance withstandards of the American Red Cross, the American Heart Association, or another nationally recognized certifying organization) and how to use an automated external defibrillator shall be included as a basis for curricula in all secondary schools in this State.


Illinois Administrative Code Title 23 Section 1.430 Additional Criteria for Elementary Schools

A district shall provide the following coordinated and supervised courses of study. The time allotment, unless specified by the School Code or applicable rules, is the option of the local board of education.

  • 1) Language Arts, Reading and other Communication Skills
  • 2) Science
  • 3) Mathematics
  • 4) Social Studies
  • 5) Music
  • 6) Art
  • 7) Health Education (see the Critical Health Problems and Comprehensive Health Education Act)
  • 8) Physical Education (see Section 27-6 of the School Code)

Illinois Administrative Code Title 23 Section 1.420 Basic Standards

n) Health Education

  • 1) Each school system shall provide a program in compliance with the Critical Health Problems and Comprehensive Health Education Act [105 ILCS 110].
    • A) There is no specific time requirement for grades K-6; however, health education shall be a part of the formal regular instructional program at each grade level.
    • B) The minimal time allocation shall not be less than one semester or equivalent during the middle or junior high experience.
    • C) The minimal time allocation shall not be less than one semester or equivalent during the secondary school experience.
    • D) If health education is offered in conjunction with another course on a “block of time” basis in a middle school, a junior high school, or a high school, instruction may be offered in any combination of the grade levels in theschool, provided that the total time devoted to health education is the equivalent of one full semester's work.

--- Illinois Compiled Statutes 105 ILCS 110/2 Definitions.

“Comprehensive Health Education Program”: a systematic and extensive educational program designed to provide a variety of learning experiences based upon scientific knowledge of the human organism as it functions within its environment which will favorably influence the knowledge, attitudes, values and practices of Illinois school youth; and which will aid them in making wise personal decisions in matters of health

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