State law requires districts to integrate social-emotional learning or character education into the school curriculum.
Multi-Layered System of Supports (MLSS) 2019
Manual addresses implementing a social and emotional learning framework.
New Mexico Administrative Code 188.8.131.52 Requirements
A. This section applies to local school boards, local school districts, and charter schools and governs policies to be implemented by local school districts with regards to student and school employee wellness.
B. Each school district and charter school shall develop and implement a policy that addresses student and school employee wellness through a coordinated school health approach.
C. Each school district and charter school shall submit the wellness policy to the public education department for approval.
- (1) Sections of the wellness policy that meet the requirements set forth in Paragraphs (3), (4), (5) and (10) of Subsection D and the requirements set forth in Subsection E of this section shall be submitted to the public education department on or before August 30, 2006.
- (2) Sections of the wellness policy that meet the requirements set forth in Paragraphs (1), (2), (6), (7), (8) and (9) of Subsection D of this section shall be submitted to the public education department on or before January 30, 2007.
D. The wellness policy shall include, but shall not be limited to:
- (1) a planned, sequential, K-12 health education curriculum that addresses the physical, mental, emotional, and social dimensions of health and is aligned to the health education content Standard with benchmarks and performance Standard as set forth in 184.108.40.206 NMAC;
- (2) a planned, sequential, K-12 physical education curriculum that provides the optimal opportunity for all students to learn and develop skills, knowledge and attitudes necessary to personally decide to participate in lifetime healthful physical activity and is aligned to the physical education content Standard with benchmarks and performance Standard as set forth in 220.127.116.11 NMAC;
- (3) guidelines to provide physical activity opportunities to students before, during and after school;
- (4) nutrition guidelines meeting Standard established by federal rules at 7 CFR 210.11 and 7 CFR 210.11a, the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, the Richard B. Russell National School Lunch Act and the Child Nutrition Act of 1966;
- (5) guidelines for fund raisers established at 6.12.5 NMAC and an annual assurance of compliance with limitations on fund raisers established at 6.12.5 NMAC;
- (6) a plan addressing the behavioral health needs of all students in the educational process by focusing on students' social and emotional wellbeing;