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Health Education K-12 Curriculum—Alcohol and Drug Use or Abuse—MS

Health Education K-12 Curriculum—Alcohol and Drug Use or Abuse—MS

State law addresses alcohol and Drug-use/abuse.

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.

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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.

2. 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;

  • 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.

3. An appreciation of artistic and creative expression and the capacity for self-expression.

4. The ability to construct personal ethics and goals.

5. Knowledge of morality and the individual’s responsibility as a social being, including the responsibility and morality of family living and the value of frugality and other basic qualities and principles referred to in article I, section 22, of the constitution insofar as such qualities and principles affect family and consumer education.

6. Knowledge of the prevention of accidents and promotion of safety on the public highways, including instruction on the relationship between highway safety and the use of alcohol and controlled substances, including prescription drugs, under ch. 961.

7. The skills needed to make sound decisions, knowledge of the conditions which may cause and the signs of suicidal tendencies, knowledge of the relationship between youth suicide and the use of alcohol and controlled substances, including prescription drugs, under ch. 961 and knowledge of the available community youth suicide prevention and intervention services. Instruction shall be designed to help prevent suicides by pupils by promoting the positive emotional development of pupils.

8. Knowledge of effective means by which pupils may recognize, avoid, prevent and halt physically or psychologically intrusive or abusive situations which may be harmful to pupils, including child abuse, sexual abuse and child enticement. Instruction shall be designed to help pupils develop positive psychological, emotional and problem-solving responses to such situations and avoid relying on negative, fearful or solely reactive methods of dealing with such situations. Instruction shall include information on available school and community prevention and intervention assistance or services and shall be provided to pupils in elementary schools

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Wisconsin Statutes and Annotations 118.019 Human growth and development instruction.

(2) SUBJECTS. A school board may provide an instructional program in human growth and development in grades kindergarten to 12. If the school board elects to provide an instructional program under this section, when the school board establishes the curriculum for the instructional program, the school board shall make determinations as to whether and, if so, for what subjects covered in the curriculum the pupils shall be separated by gender. If an instructional program is provided, the following instructional program is recommended:

  • (a) Present medically accurate information to pupils and, when age-appropriate, address the following topics:
    1. Methods for developing healthy life skills, including setting goals, making responsible decisions, communicating, and managing stress.
    1. How alcohol and drug use affect responsible decision making.
    1. The impact of media and one's peers on thoughts, feelings, and behaviors related to sexuality.
    1. Adoption resources, prenatal care, and postnatal supports.
    1. The nature and treatment of sexually transmitted infections.
  • (c) Address self-esteem and personal responsibility, positive interpersonal skills, and healthy relationships.
  • (d) Identify counseling, medical, and legal resources for survivors of sexual abuse and assault, including resources for escaping violent relationships.
  • (e) Address the positive connection between marriage and parenting.
  • (f) Present information about avoiding stereotyping and bullying, including how to refrain from making inappropriate remarks, avoiding engaging in inappropriate physical or sexual behaviors, and how to recognize, rebuff, and report any unwanted or inappropriate remarks or physical or sexual behaviors.
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