Virginia - HE K-12 curriculum—mental and emotional health (HS): Curricula

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statute; regulation; standard

State law addresses mental and emotional health.

Code of Virginia 22.1-207.1. Family life education.

B.The Board of Education shall develop Standards of Learning and curriculum guidelines for a comprehensive, sequential family life education curriculum in grades kindergarten through 12. Such curriculum guidelines shall include instruction as appropriate for the age of the student in family living and community relationships; the benefits, challenges, responsibilities, and value of marriage for men, women, children, and communities; the value of family relationships; abstinence education; the value of postponing sexual activity; the benefits of adoption as a positive choice in the event of an unwanted pregnancy; human sexuality; human reproduction; dating violence, the characteristics of abusive relationships, steps to take to deter sexual assault, and the availability of counseling and legal resources, and, in the event of such sexual assault, the importance of immediate medical attention and advice, as well as the requirements of the law; the etiology, prevention, and effects of sexually transmitted diseases; and mental health education and awareness.

Virginia Administrative Code 8 VAC 20-320-10. Health Education Program.

Elementary and secondary schools shall present a comprehensive health education program which focuses on instruction related to alcohol and drug abuse, smoking and health, personal growth and personal health, nutrition, prevention and control of disease, physical fitness, accident prevention, personal and family survival, environmental health, mental health, and consumer education. These shall be developed in accordance with procedures outlined in the Curriculum Guide for Health Education.

Virginia 2015 Health Standards of Learning - Grade Nine

Advocacy and Health Promotion

k) Identify school and community mental health resources.

l) Determine how to help a friend exhibiting signs of depression, anxiety, disordered eating, or other self-harming behavior.
Virginia Department of Education

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