Missouri - HE K-12 curriculum—violence prevention (ES): Curricula

Policy Type: 
statute; regulation

State law addresses violence prevention.

The Revised Statutes of Missouri 160.2110. Adoption and implementation of policy, content.

  1. The task force on the prevention of sexual abuse of children established in section 160.2100 may adopt and implement a policy addressing sexual abuse of children that may include:
    • (1) Age-appropriate curriculum for students in pre-K through fifth grade;
    • (2) Training for school personnel on child sexual abuse;
    • (3) Educational information to parents or guardians provided in the school handbook on the warning signs of a child being abused, along with any needed assistance, referral, or resource information;
    • (4) Available counseling and resources for students affected by sexual abuse; and
    • (5) Emotional and educational support for a child of abuse to continue to be successful in school.

5 CSR 20-200.260 Academic Standards

(G) Health/Physical Education. In health/physical education, students in Missouri public schools will acquire a solid foundation which includes knowledge of-

    1. Structures of, functions of, and relationships among human body systems;
    1. Principles and practices of physical and mental health (such as personal health habits, nutrition, stress management);
    1. Diseases and methods for prevention, treatment and control;
    1. Principles of movement and physical fitness;
    1. Methods used to assess health, reduce risk factors, and avoid high risk behaviors (such as violence, tobacco, alcohol and other drug use);
    1. Consumer health issues (such as the effects of mass media and technology on safety and health); and
    1. Responses to emergency situations.
      Source: Missouri Secretary of State

5 CSR 20-100 Appendix A

  1. Violence-prevention instruction, including information on preventing and responding to illegal harassment and bullying, has been provided for all students and staff.
    Source: Missouri Secretary of State

The Revised Statutes of Missouri 161.650. Department to identify and adopt violence prevention program, district to administer — state board to adopt violence prevention program — duties — administered how — funding.

  1. The department of elementary and secondary education shall identify and adopt an existing program or programs of educational instruction regarding violence prevention to be administered by public school districts pursuant to subsection 2 of this section, and which shall include, but shall not be limited to, instructing students of the negative consequences, both to the individual and to society at large, of membership in or association with criminal street gangs or participation in criminal street gang activity, as those phrases are defined in section 578.421, and shall include related training for school district employees directly responsible for the education of students concerning violence prevention and early identification of and intervention in violent behavior. The state board of education shall adopt such program or programs by rule as approved for use in Missouri public schools. The program or programs of instruction shall encourage nonviolent conflict resolution of problems facing youth; present alternative constructive activities for the students; encourage community participation in program instruction, including but not limited to parents and law enforcement officials; and shall be administered as appropriate for different grade levels and shall not be offered for academic credit.
  2. All public school districts within this state with the approval of the district’s board of education may administer the program or programs of student instruction adopted pursuant to subsection 1 of this section to students within the district starting at the kindergarten level and every year thereafter through the twelfth-grade level.
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