Wisconsin - HE K-12 curriculum—MS: Curricula

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statute; regulation

State law requires middle school HE curriculum.

Wisconsin Statutes and Annotations 115.35 Health problems education program.

(1) A critical health problems education program is established in the department. The program shall be a systematic and integrated program designed to provide appropriate learning experiences based on scientific knowledge of the human organism as it functions within its environment and designed to favorably influence the health, understanding, attitudes and practices of the individual child which will enable him or her to adapt to changing health problems of our society. The program shall be designed to educate youth with regard to critical health problems and shall include, but not be limited to, the following topics as the basis for comprehensive education curricula in all elementary and secondary schools: controlled substances, as defined in s. 961.01(4); controlled substance analogs, as defined in s. 961.01(4m); alcohol; tobacco; mental health; sexually transmitted diseases, including acquired immunodeficiency syndrome; human growth and development; and related health and safety topics. Participation in the human growth and development topic of the curricula shall be entirely voluntary. The department may not require a school board to use a specific human growth and development curriculum.

Wisconsin Statutes and Annotations 118.01 Educational goals and expectations.

(d) Personal development. Each school board shall provide an instructional program designed to give pupils:

    1. The skills needed to cope with social change.
    1. Knowledge of the human body and the means to maintain lifelong health, including:
      • a. Knowledge of the theory and practice of physical education, including the development and maintenance of physical fitness;

    Wisconsin Statutes and Annotations 118.01 Educational goals and expectations.

(2) Educational Goals.

(d) Personal development.

  1. Knowledge of the human body and the means to maintain lifelong health, including:

    • b. Knowledge of the nutritive value of foods, as outlined in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, a publication of the federal departments of health and human services and agriculture, and knowledge of the role of a nutritious diet in promoting health, preventing chronic disease, and maintaining a healthy weight.
    • c. Knowledge of physiology and hygiene, sanitation, the effects of controlled substances under ch. 961 and alcohol upon the human system, symptoms of disease and the proper care of the body. No pupil may be required to take instruction in these subjects if his or her parent files with the teacher a written objection thereto. If a pupil does not take instruction in these subjects as a result of parental objection, the pupil may not be required to be examined in the subjects and may not be penalized in any way for not taking such instruction, but if the subjects receive credit toward graduation, the school board may require the pupil to complete an alternative assignment that is similar to the subjects in the length of time necessary to complete. Instruction in physiology and hygiene shall include instruction on sexually transmitted diseases and shall be offered in every high school.
    • d. Awareness about drug abuse, including prescription drug abuse, and prevention.

    Wisconsin Statutes and Annotations 121.02 School district standards.

(1)  Except as provided in s. 118.40 (2r) (d), each school board shall:

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    1. In grades 5 to 8, provide regular instruction in language arts, social studies, mathematics, science, health, physical education, art and music. The school board shall also provide pupils with an introduction to career exploration and planning.

    Wisconsin Administrative Code PI 8.01 School district standards.

(j) Health, physical education, art and music. The school district board shall provide instruction in health, physical education, art and music as follows:

    1. Health instruction shall be provided in accordance with a written comprehensive health education curriculum which includes the curricular areas defined in ss. 115.35 and 118.01 (2), Stats. A professional staff member shall be designated as coordinator of health education. Health education in grades kindergarten through 6 shall be under the direction of a licensed health teacher. In grades 7 through 12 health education shall be conducted by or under the direction of a licensed health teacher and shall include one structured course in health taught by a licensed health teacher.
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