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Health Education K-12 Curriculum—Mental and Emotional Health—HS

Health Education K-12 Curriculum—Mental and Emotional Health—HS

State law addresses mental and emotional health.

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)).

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South Carolina Standard for Health and Safety Education

Abbreviation Key Concept D Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs G Growth, Development, and Sexual Health and Responsibility I Injury Prevention and Safety M Mental, Emotional, and Social Health N Nutrition and Physical Activity P Personal and Community Health
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