State law addresses safety and injury.
Tennesee Code Annotated 49-6-1024. Instruction in school safety issues
(a) In reviewing the lifetime wellness Standard, the department of education shall consider including instruction in current and appropriate school safety issues, to include drugs, alcohol, weapons, bomb threats, emergency evacuations and violent school incidents.
(b) The department is encouraged to collaborate with the University of Tennessee in developing school safety instructional materials and course objectives.
(c) The department shall review the United States department of homeland security's guidelines and other topically-relevant issues for inclusion in school safety programs.
Tennessee Administrative Rules and Regulations 0520-01-03-.05 State Academic Standard
(c) Instruction in grades kindergarten through twelve (12) in issues of current concern such as character education, environmental education, economic education, career education, family life education, substance use and abuse, AIDS education, sexual abuse prevention, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and safety shall be incorporated in appropriate subject areas and grade levels.
Tennessee Code Annotated 49-6-1208. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) program
(a) The state board of education may provide for a program of instruction on cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) techniques commensurate with the learning expectations within the lifetime wellness curriculum for public junior or senior high schools. All students should participate in this introduction at least once during their attendance in junior or senior high school.
(b) It is not the intention of this section to require full certification in CPR. It is the intention of the section that students will learn the techniques and practice the psychomotor skills associated with performing CPR. For the purposes of this section, “psychomotor skills” means the use of hands-on practice and skills testing to support cognitive learning and shall not include cognitive-only training.
(c)(1) The program of instruction on CPR must include instruction on the use of an automatic external defibrillator (AED) and the location of each AED in the school. The school shall conduct a CPR and AED drill so that the students are aware of the steps that must be taken if an event should occur that requires the use of an AED.
Tennessee Health Education and Lifetime Wellness Standard, Middle School Standard
Outline of health education requirement
Tennessee Health Education Standard. Safety and Prevention. First Aid. Grades 6-8.
Component: Safety and Prevention Subcomponent: First Aid
Grade 6 Grade 7 Grade 8
6.SP.3 Identify different emergencies and appropriate actions.
7.SP.3 Demonstrate appropriate actions in emergency situations.
8.SP.3 Demonstrate emergency techniques to respond to varying emergency situations that may occur at school, home, and in the community.
6.SP.4 Identify appropriate resources available during emergency situations.
7.SP.4 Explain how witnesses and bystanders can help in emergency situations.
8.SP.4 Develop strategies to increase community knowledge of how to respond in different emergency situations.
6.SP.5 Identify ways that choice affects the lives of an individual, others, and society.
7.SP.5 Analyze how media influences impact health behaviors.
8.SP.5 Evaluate individual, group, and societal influences that promote positive and negative health behaviors.