West Virginia - HE K-12 curriculum—ES: Curricula

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statute; regulation

State law requires elementary HE curriculum.

West Virginia Code 18-2-9. Required courses of instruction.

The state board shall cause to be taught in all of the public schools of this state the subject of health education, including instruction in any of the grades six through twelve as considered appropriate by the county board, on: (1) The prevention,transmission and spread of acquired immune deficiency syndrome and other sexually transmitted diseases; (2) substance abuse, including the nature of alcoholic drinks and narcotics, tobacco products and other potentially harmful drugs, with special instruction as to their effect upon the human system and upon society in general; (3) the importance of healthy eating and physical activity to maintaining healthy weight; and (4) education concerning cardiopulmonary resuscitation and first aid, including instruction in the care for conscious choking, and recognition of symptoms of drug or alcohol overdose. The course curriculum requirements and materials for the instruction shall be adopted by the state board by rule in consultation with the Department of Health and Human Resources. The state board shall prescribe a standardized health education assessment to be administered within health education classes to measure student health knowledge and program effectiveness.

Code of State Rules 126-44T-4 Summary of the Content Standards and Objectives


Students in grades Pre-K-4 are introduced to the wellness concept which builds the foundation for health literacy and an appreciation for lifelong physical fitness. It is critical that children learn to adopt healthy behaviors at an early age so they can develop sound habits before being faced with health concerns later in life. This is a life-long process of enhancing the components of health education (physical, intellectual, emotional, social, spiritual, and environmental), physical education (movement forms, motor skill development and fitness) and physical activity, an important factor in early brain development and learning. The PreK-4 wellness content standards identify what students should know, understand and be able to do in practicing skills and behaviors that apply to healthy lifestyles. The goal of these standards is to promote self-responsibility,motivation and excellence in learning as well as life-long commitment to wellness.
West Virginia Secretary of State

Code of State Rules 126-42-5. Program Definition and Design

5.2.d. Early Learning Programming (Grades Pre-K -5)

Wellness Developmentally Appropriate Practices for Physical Health and Wellness Students in Early Learning Programs require multiple opportunities to engage in movement experiences throughout the instructional day, enhancing the critical link between physical activity and brain functioning.
West Virginia Secretary of State

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