Rhode Island - HE K-12 curriculum—ES: Curricula

Area: 
Curricula
Policy Type: 
statute; regulation
Summary: 

State law requires elementary HE curriculum.

State of Rhode Island General Laws § 16-1-5. Duties of commissioner of elementary and secondary education.

It shall be the duty of the commissioner of elementary and secondary education:

(14) To establish health education, alcohol and substance abuse programs for students in grades kindergarten (K) through twelve (12), in accordance with § 35-4-18. The program will consist of the following: A mandated state health education, alcohol and substance abuse, curriculum for grades kindergarten (K) through twelve (12), a mandated assessment program in the areas of health, fitness, alcohol and substance abuse, and an in-service training program which will be developed specifically for the implementation of the mandated curriculum.


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

  1. Each LEA shall provide a comprehensive program of study in English language arts, mathematics, social studies, the sciences, visual arts & design and the performing arts, engineering and technology, comprehensive health, and world languages throughout the PK -12 system.
    Source: Rhode Island Secretary of State

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.
      Source: Rhode Island Secretary of State

State of Rhode Island General Laws § 16-22-4. Instruction in health and physical education.

(a) All children in grades one through twelve (12) attending public schools, or any other schools managed and controlled by the state, shall receive in those schools instruction in health and physical education under rules and regulations the department of elementary and secondary education may prescribe or approve during periods that shall average at least twenty (20) minutes in each school day.


Rules and Regulations for School Health Programs

Section 2.0 General Requirements

2.1 All schools that are approved pursuant to RIGL §§16-19-1 and 16-19-2 shall have a comprehensive school health program consisting of health education, health services and a healthful school environment, approved by the State Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Director of Health in accordance with RIGL §16-21-7. The health education program (curriculum and personnel) for non-public schools shall be consistent with the provisions of §3.1 of these Regulations.

[Inactive as of July 2018.]
Source: Rhode Island Secretary of State


Rules and Regulations for School Health Programs

Section 3.0 Administration of the Health Education Program

3.1 Health education as defined in §1.26 of these Regulations shall be provided in grades K through 12 in all schools approved by the Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in accordance with the standards in these Regulations. The health education program (curriculum and personnel) of non-public schools shall be approved if deemed substantially equivalent.

[Inactive as of July 2018.]
Source: Rhode Island Secretary of State


Rules and Regulations for School Health Programs

Section 4.0 Health Education Curriculum

4.1 The health education curriculum shall:

  • 4.1.1 be sequential and comprehensive for grades Kindergarten-12;
  • 4.1.2 be medically accurate;
  • 4.1.3 be aligned with the Rhode Island health education standards;
  • 4.1.4 include standards-based goals, objectives, examples of teaching and learning strategies and materials, and assessment;
  • 4.1.5 address the mandated health instructional outcomes (§5.0 of these Regulations); and,
  • 4.1.6 be developmentally appropriate so that all students can achieve high standards.

[Inactive as of July 2018.]
Source: Rhode Island Secretary of State

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