South Carolina - HE K-12 curriculum—MS: Curricula

Policy Type: 
statute; regulation

State law requires middle school HE curriculum.

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

(2) Beginning with the 1988-1989 school year, for grades six through eight, instruction in comprehensive health 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, mental and emotional health, and reproductive health education. Sexually transmitted diseases are to be included as a part of instruction. At the discretion of the local board, instruction in family life education or pregnancy prevention education or both may be included, but instruction in these subjects may not include an explanation of the methods of contraception before the sixth grade. Beginning with the 2016-2017 school year, for grades six through eight, instruction in comprehensive health education also must include the subject of domestic violence.

South Carolina Code of Laws SECTION 59-32-10. Definitions.

(1) "Comprehensive health education" means health education in a school setting that is planned and carried out with the purpose of maintaining, reinforcing, or enhancing the health, health-related skills, and health attitudes and practices of children and youth that are conducive to their good health and that promote wellness, health maintenance, and disease prevention. It includes age-appropriate, sequential instruction in health either as part of existing courses or as a special course.

South Carolina Code of State Regulations 43–232. Defined Program 6–8.

IV. Additional Regulatory Requirements
Additional regulatory requirements related to the basic program include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Health Education Requirements (43-238)
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