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Health Education K-12 Curriculum—Safety and Injury Prevention—HS

Health Education K-12 Curriculum—Safety and Injury Prevention—HS

State law addresses safety and injury.

Code of the District of Columbia 38–824.02. Physical and health education requirements.

(b-1) Public schools and public charter schools shall provide instruction in cardiopulmonary resuscitation to students in Grades 9 through 12 as follows:

  • (1) Beginning with the 2016-2017 school year, instruction in cardiopulmonary resuscitation shall be included in at least one health class necessary for graduation.

  • (2) The instruction required by this subsection shall:

  • (A) Be an instructional program developed by the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross or be nationally recognized and based on the most current national evidence-based emergency cardiovascular care guidelines for cardiopulmonary resuscitation;

  • (B) Include appropriate use of an automated external defibrillator, which may be taught by video; and

  • (C) Incorporate hands-on practice in addition to cognitive learning.

  • (3) The instruction required by this section may be provided by the public school or charter school directly or the public school or charter school may arrange for the instruction to be provided by available community-based providers.

  • (4) The instruction required by this subsection is not required to be provided by a teacher.

  • (5) A teacher providing the instruction under this subsection is not required to be a certified trainer of cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

  • (6) A student is not required to earn certification in cardiopulmonary resuscitation to successfully complete the instruction for the purposes of this subsection.

  • (7) The instruction offered by the Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department pursuant to § 5-401(b-1), shall be deemed to meet the requirements of this subsection.

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District of Columbia Municipal Regulations 2304 Comprehensive School Health Education

2034.3 The Superintendent shall ensure that health instruction as defined in this section is taught through the use of appropriate monitoring and establishment of minimum proficiencies or learning outcomes in at least eleven (11) content areas including the following:

  • (a) HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases;
  • (b) Human sexuality and family;
  • (c) Prevention and control of disease;
  • (d) Nutrition and dietary patterns that contribute to disease;
  • (e) Tobacco, alcohol, and other drug education;
  • (f) Physical education;
  • (g) Parenting;
  • (h) Coping with life situations;
  • (i) CPR, first aid, safety; injury and violence prevention;
  • (j) Consumer health; and
  • (k) Environmental health.
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