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Health Education K-12 Curriculum—HS

Health Education K-12 Curriculum—HS

State law requires high school HE curriculum.

Texas Administrative Code Title 19 RULE §74.1 Essential Knowledge and Skills

(a) A school district that offers kindergarten through Grade 12 must offer the following as a required curriculum:

  • (2) an enrichment curriculum that includes:
  • (B) health, with emphasis on the importance of proper nutrition and exercise;
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Texas Administrative Code. 115.32. Health 1 Grades 9-10 (One-Half Credit).

(a) Introduction.

  • (1) In health education, students acquire the health information and skills necessary to become healthy adults and learn about behaviors in which they should and should not participate. To achieve that goal, students will understand the following: students should first seek guidance in the area of health from their parents; personal behaviors can increase or reduce health risks throughout the lifespan; health is influenced by a variety of factors; students can recognize and utilize health information and products; and personal/interpersonal skills are needed to promote individual, family, and community health.
  • (2) In Health 1, students develop skills that will make them health-literate adults. Students gain a deeper understanding of the knowledge and behaviors they use to safeguard their health, particularly pertaining to health risks. Students are taught how to access accurate information that they can use to promote health for themselves and others. Students use problem-solving, research, goal-setting and communication skills to protect their health and that of the community.
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Texas Education Code Sec. 28.002. REQUIRED CURRICULUM

(a)Each school district that offers kindergarten through grade 12 shall offer, as a required curriculum:

(2)an enrichment curriculum that includes:

  • (A)to the extent possible, languages other than English;

  • (B)health, with emphasis on:

  • (i)physical health, including the importance of proper nutrition and exercise; and

  • (ii)mental health, including instruction about mental health conditions, substance abuse, skills to manage emotions, establishing and maintaining positive relationships, and responsible decision-making; and

  • (iii)suicide prevention, including recognizing suicide-related risk factors and warning signs;

  • (C)physical education;

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