Delaware - Teaching skills for healthy lifestyles: Standards

Area: 
Standards
Policy Type: 
regulation; standard
Summary: 

State law requires teaching knowledge, attitudes, and skills for making health-promoting decisions and healthy behaviors.

Delaware Administrative Code 14-800-851 Comprehensive Health Education Program

Section 851 K to 12 Comprehensive Health Education Program

1.0 Program Requirements

  • 1.1 Each school district and charter school shall have a sequential, skill-based K to 12 Comprehensive Health Education Program based on the Delaware Health Education Standards that establishes a foundation of understanding the relationship between personal behavior and health and shall include at a minimum the following:

    • 1.1.1 Identification of a district level person to coordinate the district program and a coordinator in each building to assure compliance at the building level. Each charter school shall identify a person to coordinate the program for the charter school.

    • 1.1.2 Appointment of persons such as teachers, parents, school nurses, community leaders, guidance counselors, law enforcement officers and others with expertise in the areas of health, family life and safe and drug free schools and communities to serve as members of the District Consolidated Application Planning Committee.

    • 1.1.3 The use of the state content standards for health education for grades K to 12 to address the core concepts: tobacco, alcohol and other drugs, injury prevention and safety, nutrition and, physical activity, family life and sexuality, personal health and wellness, mental, health and community and environmental health with minimum hours of instruction as follows:

      • 1.1.3.1 In grades K to 4, a minimum of thirty (30) hours in each grade of comprehensive health education and family life education of which ten (10) hours, in each grade, must address drug and alcohol education.

      • 1.1.3.2 In grades 5 and 6, a minimum of thirty five (35) hours in each grade of comprehensive health education and family life education of which fifteen (15) hours, in each grade, must address drug and alcohol education.

      • 1.1.3.3 In grades 7 and 8, separate from other subject areas, a minimum of sixty (60) hours of comprehensive health education [and family life education] of which fifteen (15) hours, in each grade, must address drug and alcohol education. If all of the 60 hours are provided in one year at grade 7 or 8, an additional fifteen hours of drug and alcohol education must be provided in the other grade.

      • 1.1.3.4 In grades 9 to 12, one half (1/2) credit of comprehensive health education is required for graduation of which fifteen (15) hours of this 1/2 credit course must address drug and alcohol education.


Delaware Health Education Standards

  1. Students will understand essential health concepts in order to transfer knowledge into healthy actions for life.

  2. Students will analyze the influence of family, peers, culture, media, technology and other factors on health behaviors.

  3. Students will demonstrate the ability to access information, products and services to enhance health.

  4. Students will demonstrate the ability to use interpersonal communication skills to enhance health and avoid or reduce health risks.

  5. Students will demonstrate the ability to use decision-making skills to enhance health.

  6. Students will demonstrate the ability to use goal-setting skills to enhance health.

  7. Students will demonstrate the ability to practice health-enhancing behaviors and avoid or reduce health risks. (self-management)

  8. Students will demonstrate the ability to advocate for personal, family and community health
    Delaware Department of Education

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