State law addresses Coordinated School Health, but not WSCC.
216-RICR-20-10-4 Rules and Regulations for School Health Programs
- "Comprehensive school health program" means a school health program consisting of health education, health services and a healthful school environment, approved by the State Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education and the Director of Health in accordance with R.I. Gen. Laws § 16-21-7
C. The administrative head of school(s) is responsible for the comprehensive school health program and is required to:
- Develop a manual of procedures (protocols) governing health education, health services and a healthful school environment. This manual must be available at the Superintendent's office and at each school. Procedures must address the statutory and regulatory requirements of this Part and include provisions pertaining to, but not limited to, the following: a. Students and/or employees infected with HIV/AIDS or hepatitis; b. Substance abuse; c. The use of alcohol and tobacco products on school premises and at authorized school activities; d.Suicidal behavior; e. The prevention and management of injuries and violent behaviors for the protection and safety of students on school premises and at authorized school activities; and f. Provisions regarding the three (3) statutory waivers for exemption of a student from health education curricula pursuant to R.I. Gen. Laws §§ 16-22-18(c) sexuality and family life; 16-22-17(c) HIV/AIDS; and 16-21-7(a) the characteristics, symptoms or treatment of disease.
State of Rhode Island General Laws § 16-21-28. Health and wellness subcommittee.
(f) The Rhode Island department of elementary and secondary education and the Rhode Island department of heath will provide technical assistance and support to the school health and wellness subcommittees on best practices, professional development on coordinated school health issues, suggested initiatives, and will support communication among the school health and wellness subcommittees by sharing information on the activities, efforts, and experiences of subcommittees across the state.
The Rhode Island Health Education Framework
In order to demonstrate the relationship between the Standard and health education outcomes, the outcomes need to be reviewed and assigned to the most appropriate standard (or Standard) and performance descriptions. A committee of educators and others has accomplished this task. They have aligned the outcomes with the Standard and performance descriptions. The result of this alignment can be seen in the Comprehensive Health Instructional Outcomes. It is essential that all students engage in health education programs that include all of the process and content Standard depicted in this Framework.
The Weaving of Content and Health Education Standard
(7 health education Standard are weaved with 10 health education content areas:)
Health Education Standard:
- Health promotion and disease prevention concepts
- Valid health information, products and services access
- Health enhancing and health risk reduction behaviors
- Influence of culture, media and technology
- Interpersonal communication skills
- Goal-setting and decision-making
- Personal, family, community and environmental advocacy.
- Personal Health
- Mental and Emotional Health
- Injury Prevention and Safety
- Family Life
- Environmental Health
- Disease Control and Prevention
- Substance Use and Abuse
- Consumer Health
- Community Health