Tennessee - HE K-12 curriculum—safety and injury prevention (MS): Curricula

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regulation; statute

State law addresses safety and injury.

Tennessee Administrative Rules and Regulations 0520-01-03-.05 State Academic Standards

(c) Instruction in grades kindergarten through twelve (12) in issues of current concern such as character education, environmental education, economic education, career education, family life education, substance use and abuse, AIDS education, sexual abuse prevention, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and safety shall be incorporated in appropriate subject areas and grade levels.

Tennessee Code Annotated 49-6-1003. Safety instruction

(a) Whenever any state funds are used in any of the public schools of the state, it is the duty of the principal of the school or schools, including all subprincipals and teachers, to instruct pupils in the art of safety against injury on the public thoroughfares, highways and streets of the state and other places where the students may come in contact with, or be in danger of, bodily injury, for at least fifteen (15) minutes in each week during the time the school is in session.

(b) It is the duty of the school board, school commissioners or other persons who have power to regulate and control the schools to make rules and regulations with reference to the teaching of the art of safety to the pupils of the schools as they deem wise and prudent from time to time, and transmit the rules and regulations to the principals or teachers in charge of the schools, so that the teaching of the art of safety on the public thoroughfares, highways and other places may be taught and carried out according to the rules and regulations.
Tennessee Secretary of State

Tennesee Code Annotated 49-6-1024. Instruction in school safety issues

(a) In reviewing the lifetime wellness standards, the department of education shall consider including instruction in current and appropriate school safety issues, to include drugs, alcohol, weapons, bomb threats, emergency evacuations and violent school incidents.

(b) The department is encouraged to collaborate with the University of Tennessee in developing school safety instructional materials and course objectives.

(c) The department shall review the United States department of homeland security's guidelines and other topically-relevant issues for inclusion in school safety programs.
Tennessee Secretary of State

Tennessee Code Annotated 49-6-1208. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) program

(a) The state board of education may provide for a program of instruction on cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) techniques commensurate with the learning expectations within the lifetime wellness curriculum for public junior or senior high schools. All students should participate in this introduction at least once during their attendance in junior or senior high school.

(b) It is not the intention of this section to require full certification in CPR. It is the intention of the section that students will learn the techniques and practice the psychomotor skills associated with performing CPR. For the purposes of this section, "psychomotor skills" means the use of hands-on practice and skills testing to support cognitive learning and shall not include cognitive-only training.


  • (1)The program of instruction on CPR shall include instruction on the use of an automatic external defibrillator (AED) and location of any AED in the school, if the school has an AED or AEDs. If the school has an AED, the school shall conduct a CPR and AED drill so that the students are aware of the steps that must be taken if an event should occur that requires the use of an AED.

  • (2)This subsection (c) shall not apply to any school operated by or under contract with the department of children's services
    Tennessee Secretary of State

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