State law requires high school HE curriculum.
South Carolina Code of Laws 59-29-100. Supervision of administration of physical education program by State Superintendent of Education.
Beginning with school year 1995-96, the required physical education course in the secondary schools shall occur over two semesters. For one semester, a personal fitness and wellness component must be taught and for one semester a lifetime fitness component must be taught either over the semester or in two nine-week divisions. The State Board of Education is authorized to promulgate regulations and prepare or cause to be prepared, published, and distributed a manual of instruction, courses of study, or other matters as it considers necessary or suitable to carry out the provisions of this section.
South Carolina Code of Laws 59-32-30. Local school boards to implement comprehensive health education program; guidelines and restrictions.
(3) Beginning with the 1989-90 school year, at least one time during the four years of grades nine through twelve, each student shall receive instruction in comprehensive health education, including at least seven hundred fifty minutes of reproductive health education and pregnancy prevention education.
South Carolina Code of State Regulations 43–234. Defined Program Grades 9–12 and Graduation Requirements.
- Health education: Schools must have a program of instruction in comprehensive health education. (For specific requirements regarding health education, see Reg. 43-238, Health Education Requirement.)
South Carolina Code of State Regulations 43–238. Health Education Requirements
The Comprehensive Health Education (CHE) Act of 1988 (59–32–5) requires that public school health instruction be planned, age-appropriate, and sequential. The CHE Act further requires that, at least one time during the four years of grades 9–12, each student shall receive a program of instruction in comprehensive health education to include the following subjects:
- community health
- consumer health
- environmental health
- growth and development
- nutritional health
- personal health
- prevention and control of diseases and disorders
- safety and accident prevention
- substance use and abuse
- dental health
- mental and emotional health
- reproductive health**
- pregnancy prevention**
- sexually transmitted diseases** ***
- family life (option in grades 9–12)
** a minimum of 750 minutes of instruction is required for these three together. *** Instruction in sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) includes AIDS education and must be taught within the reproductive health, family life, or pregnancy prevention education components or it must be presented as a separate component (59–32–30(E)).
South Carolina Health Science Education Overview
Overview of health science education program for high school