State law addresses violence prevention
Health Education Standard Grades K-4
Violence prevention is taught as part of health education.
New Mexico Administrative Code 188.8.131.52 Content Standard with Benchmarks and Performance Standard for Health Education Grades K-4
A. Content standard 1: Students will comprehend concepts related to health promotion and disease prevention. Students will:
- (5) grades K-4 benchmark 5: identify common health issues of children;
- (a) grade K performance Standard:
- (i) name common physical health issues of children in same age group (i.e., intentional and unintentional injury, personal hygiene, etc.);
- (ii) name common social health issues of children in same age group (i.e., peer pressure, relationships, etc.);
- (iii) name common emotional health issues of children in same age group (i.e., effects of bullying, when family member is sick, sadness, domestic violence, etc.);
- (iv) name common environmental health issues that affect children in same age group (i.e., second-hand smoke, litter, noise, etc.)
New Mexico Administrative Code 184.108.40.206 Content Standard with Benchmarks and Performance Standard for Health Education Grades 5-8
B. Content standard 2: Students will demonstrate the ability to access valid health information and health-promoting products and services. Students will:
- (6) grades 5-8 benchmark 6: describe situations requiring professional health services;
- (a) grades 5-6 performance Standard:
- (i) identify and recognize risk behaviors in situations that may lead to negative physical, social or emotional health consequences (i.e., abuse, bullying, sexual assault, mental health, depression, suicide, domestic violence, STI/HIV, etc.);
- (ii) identify situations related to a health crisis and formulate solutions to intervene or prevent the crisis (i.e., a friend tells you he is thinking about suicide; a friend tells you he is smoking, etc.);
- (iii) recognize and identify professional health services in the community;
New Mexico Statutes 22-13-1. Subject areas; minimum instructional areas required; accreditation.
H. All health education courses shall include:
- (1) age-appropriate sexual abuse and assault awareness and prevention training that meets department Standard developed in consultation with the federal centers for disease control and prevention that are based on evidence-based methods that have proven to be effective; and
- (2) lifesaving skills training that follows nationally recognized guidelines for hands-on psychomotor skills cardiopulmonary resuscitation training. Students shall be trained to recognize the signs of a heart attack, use an automated external defibrillator and perform the Heimlich maneuver for choking victims. The secretary shall promulgate rules to provide for the:
- (a) use of the following instructors for the training provided pursuant to this paragraph: 1) school nurses, health teachers and athletic department personnel as instructors; and 2) any qualified persons volunteering to provide training at no cost to the school district that the school district determines to be eligible to offer instruction pursuant to this paragraph; and
- (b) approval of training and instructional materials related to the training established pursuant to this paragraph in both English and Spanish.