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

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statute; regulation

State law requires middle school 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 126-44E-5. Severability

Health Education - Policy 2520.5

Health literacy for all students is the fundamental goal of a comprehensive school health education curriculum. The health literate student is a critical thinker and problem solver, a self-directed learner, an effective communicator, and a responsible, productive citizen. Students must have the capacity to obtain, interpret, and understand basic health information and services and the competence to use such information and services in ways that enhance a healthy lifestyle. A comprehensive school health education curriculum from grades five to twelve is essential to enable students to acquire and apply health promoting knowledge, skills and behaviors.
West Virginia Secretary of State

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

5.3.a Middle School Programming (Grades 6-8)

Health education will be taught each year in Health Education grades 6-8 to meet the approved content standards.
West Virginia Secretary of State

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