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

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statute; regulation

State law addresses safety and injury.

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

Organization of the Health Education Program of Study

A major focus has been given to what the Center for Disease Control recognizes as risk behaviors (tobacco use, dietary patterns contributing to disease, sedentary lifestyle, alcohol and other drug use, and behaviors that result in intentional and unintentional injuries).
West Virginia Secretary of State

Code of State Rules 44E Next Generation Health Education 5-12 Content Standards and Objective for West Virginia Schools (252.5)

Sixth Grade Health Content Standards and Objectives

The sixth grade health objectives address many important social, emotional and physical changes of young adolescents. Decision making steps and application are integrated into all topics of discussion as students examine potential long and short term consequences of decisions and their impact on all aspects of health (e.g., mental, emotional, physical). Students critically examine concepts related to personal health and wellness, injury prevention and tobacco use and recognize the impact of positive health decisions on personal goal attainment. Students improve social skills, discuss the impact of peer pressure and distinguish between positive and negative influences in relationships. Students demonstrate abilities to plan physical activities and nutritional practices to promote good health. They also recognize the relationship of body image and weight maintenance. Teaching strategies should provide students with opportunities to work in small groups and express individual opinions.
West Virginia Secretary of State

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