South Carolina - HE K-12 curriculum—mental and emotional health (ES): Curricula

Policy Type: 
statute; standard

State law addresses mental and emotional health.

South Carolina Code of Laws SECTION 59-32-30.

(1) Beginning with the 1988-89 school year, for grades kindergarten through five, instruction in comprehensive health education must include the following subjects: community health, consumer health, environmental health, growth and development, nutritional health, personal health, prevention and control of diseases and disorders, safety and accident prevention, substance use and abuse, dental health, and mental and emotional health. Sexually transmitted diseases as defined in the annual Department of Health and Environmental Control List of Reportable Diseases are to be excluded from instruction on the prevention and control of diseases and disorders. At the discretion of the local board, age-appropriate instruction in reproductive health may be included.

South Carolina Standards for Health and Safety Education

Abbreviation Key Concept
D Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs
G Growth, Development, and Sexual Health and Responsibility
I Injury Prevention and Safety
M Mental, Emotional, and Social Health
N Nutrition and Physical Activity
P Personal and Community Health

Source: South Carolina Department of Education

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