Mississippi - HE K-12 curriculum—HS: Curricula

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statute; regulation

State law requires high school HE curriculum.

Mississippi Code. § 37-161-7 Wellness curriculum to be developed by State Board of Education; board shall adopt implementation rules and regulations

The State Board of Education shall develop a wellness curriculum for use by each school district and the board shall establish rules and regulations to be followed by the districts whereby the districts shall implement the curriculum. Such wellness curriculum shall include educating students about the value of exercise, proper diet and abstinence from use of tobacco and alcohol.

Mississippi Code. § 37-13-135 Implementation of program by school boards; local health education council; cooperation by school boards of school districts; implementation and development of plans by Commission on School Accreditation

(1) In addition to all other authority, duties and powers the school boards of the school districts of this state may now have, each is authorized and empowered to adopt plans for the implementation of the Comprehensive School Health Education Program into the local school curriculum.

Title 7. Part 3. Chapter 38: Healthy and Safe Schools

a. Successful implementation of Physical Education and Comprehensive Health Education must include the following:

  • i. 1/2 Carnegie unit of physical education provided by staff that possess a valid 9-12 teaching license with a physical education endorsement (See Waivers/Exemptions in Appendix, item 11.)
  • ii. Mississippi Public School Accountability Standards require 1/2 Carnegie unit requirement for health education provided by staff that possess a valid 9-12 teaching license with a health education endorsement (See Waivers/Exemptions in Appendix, item 11.)
    Source: State of Mississippi Secretary of State

Contemporary Health (9-12)

Course Description

Contemporary Health (9-12) is a one-semester high school course (offering .5 Carnegie units of credit), which includes classroom and hands-on experiences that help students acquire the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary for making health-promoting decisions, achieving health literacy, adopting health-enhancing behaviors, and promoting the health of others. In this course of study, emphasis is placed on personal, social, and mental health in today’s society.
Source: Mississippi Department of Education

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