Rhode Island - HE K-12 curriculum—violence prevention (MS): Curricula

Policy Type: 
regulation; statute

State law addresses violence prevention.

200-RICR-20-10-1 Basic Education Program

  1. Each LEA shall ensure that the coherent and coordinated K-12 curriculum for health includes:
    • a. Instruction in all content areas: personal health, mental and emotional health, injury prevention (including violence prevention), nutrition, sexuality and family life, disease prevention and control, and substance use and abuse prevention - including specific topic areas required by state statute;
    • b. An emphasis on developing the key skills (i.e., accessing information and services, analyzing social influences on health, assessing personal risks, goal-setting, decision making, communication, negotiation, and advocacy) that cut across all health content areas and on practicing health-enhancing behaviors;
    • c. Sequential, comprehensive, and developmentally appropriate instruction K-12;
    • d. Medically accurate information; and
    • e. Compliance with statutory requirements for instructional time as well as with other requirements in the Rules and Regulations for School Health Programs.

State of Rhode Island General Laws § 16-22-24. Dating violence education.

(a) Each school district shall incorporate dating violence education that is age-appropriate into the annual health curriculum framework for students in grades seven (7) through twelve (12).
Source: State of Rhode Island General Assembly

State of Rhode Island General Laws § 16-22-26. Age appropriate sexual abuse and assault awareness education.

(1) All pupils in grades kindergarten through eight (8) in all public schools in the state shall receive instruction designed to prevent the abduction, exploitation, or sexual abuse of children. Such instruction shall be provided by, or under the direct supervision of, regular classroom teachers; provided, however, that such instruction may be provided by any other agency, public or private.
Source: State of Rhode Island General Assembly

Rules and Regulations for School Health Programs

Section 5.0 Mandated Health Instructional Outcomes: Required Content Areas

5.1 The health education curriculum shall be based on the health education standards of the Rhode Island Health Education Framework: Health Literacy for All Students and consistent with the mandated health instructional outcomes therein. These outcomes shall pertain to no less than the following topics appropriate to grade or developmental level:

  • Teen Dating Violence (grades 7 through 12): defining dating violence, recognizing dating violence warning signs and characteristics of healthy relationships, as stipulated in RIGL §16-22-24, and as defined in these Regulations.

[Inactive as of July 2018.]

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