New Hampshire - HE K-12 curriculum—ES: Curricula

Area: 
Curricula
Policy Type: 
statute; regulation; standard
Summary: 

State law requires elementary HE curriculum.

New Hampshire Revised Statutes Annotated 189:10 Studies

The school board shall ensure that health education and physical education are taught to pupils as part of the basic curriculum. The school board shall ensure that all studies prescribed by the state board of education are thoroughly taught, especially physiology, hygiene, and health and physical education as they relate to the effects of alcohol and other drugs, child abuse as established in the definition of “abused child” under RSA 169-C:3, II, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), and sexually transmitted diseases on the human system.


New Hampshire Revised Statutes Annotated 193-E:2-a Substantive Educational Content of an Adequate Education

I. Beginning in the school year 2008-2009, the specific criteria and substantive educational program that deliver the opportunity for an adequate education shall be defined and identified as the school approval standards in the following areas:

  • (a) English/language arts and reading.

  • (b) Mathematics.

  • (c) Science.

  • (d) Social studies.

  • (e) Arts education.

  • (f) World languages.

  • (g) Health education.

  • (h) Physical education.

  • (i) Technology education, and information and communication technologies.


New Hampshire Administrative Rules Ed 306.261 Kindergarten - Grade 8 School Curriculum

(b) The local school board shall adopt, for each school, a local time schedule which specifies the distribution of instructional time among the following learning areas to be taught in grades K-8, at all learning levels in the school:

  • (1) For the elementary grades K-8, where no middle school has been established by vote of the local school board:

    • c. Ed 306.40, relative to a health education program;

New Hampshire Administrative Rule Ed 306.40 Health Education Program

(a) Pursuant to Ed 306.26 and Ed 306.27, the local school board shall require that a school health education programfor grades K-12 provides:

  • (1) Health education;

  • (2) School health services;

  • (3) Food and nutrition services;

  • (4) A comprehensive guidance and counseling program;

  • (5) Healthy school facilities; and

  • (6) Family and community partnerships.


New Hampshire Administrative Rule Ed 306.40 Health Education Program

(b) The local school board shall require that each school health education program provides:

  • (1) Systematic instruction in grades K-12, designed to enable students to:

    • a. Comprehend concepts related to health promotion and disease prevention, linking to all content areas;

    • b. Demonstrate functional knowledge of the most important and enduring ideas, issues, and concepts related to achieving good health;

    • c. Demonstrate the ability to access valid health information and health-promoting products and services;

    • d. Demonstrate the ability to practice health enhancing behaviors and reduce health risks;


New Hampshire Administrative Rule Ed 306.40 Health Education Program

(2) A planned K-12 curriculum in health education designed to teach the skills listed in (b)(1) above across thefollowing content areas of health education:

  • a. Alcohol and other drug use prevention, in accordance with RSA 189:10;

  • b. Injury prevention;

  • c. Nutrition;

  • d. Physical activity;

  • e. Family life and comprehensive sexuality education, including instruction relative to abstinence and sexuallytransmitted infections in accordance with RSA 189:10;

  • f. Tobacco use prevention;

  • g. Mental health;

  • h. Personal and consumer health; and

  • i. Community and environmental health;


New Hampshire Health Education Curriculum Guidelines

*Health Content Areas

Specific content/skill topic descriptors in each section are organized by content areas, which come from the CDC Adolescent Risk Behaviors and the Traditional Health Education content areas. The following nine areas are used as content organizers.

CONTENT AREA: AOD–Alcohol and Other Drug Use Prevention; LINKS TO: CDC Priority Risk Behavior

CONTENT AREA: INJ–Injury Prevention; LINKS TO: CDC Priority Risk Behavior

CONTENT AREA: NUT–Nutrition; LINKS TO: CDC Priority Risk Behavior

CONTENT AREA: PA–Physical Activity; LINKS TO: CDC Priority Risk Behavior

CONTENT AREA: FLS–Family Life and Sexuality; LINKS TO: CDC Priority Risk Behavior

CONTENT AREA: TOB–Tobacco Use Prevention; LINKS TO: CDC Priority Risk Behavior

CONTENT AREA: MH–Mental Health; LINKS TO: Traditional Content Area

CONTENT AREA: PCH–Personal and Consumer Health; LINKS TO: Traditional Content Area

CONTENT AREA: CEH–Community and Environmental Health; LINKS TO: Traditional Content Area

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