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Comprehensive Health Education Program

The Comprehensive Health Education Act was enacted in 1988 to ensure that South Carolina students receive an age appropriate, comprehensive, education program developed with community control in compliance with the provisions of the law. Comprehensive health education encompasses all aspects of a young person’s life. Included are, among other things: skills attitudes, and practices of children and youth that are conducive to their good health and that promote wellness, health maintenance, and disease prevention. The State Board of Education approved the South Carolina Academic Standards for Health and Safety Education on July 8, 2009. These Standards provide the scope and sequence for age appropriate comprehensive health education.

The Comprehensive Health Education Act was amended in 2014 to include Erin’s Law and the State Board of Education approved grade level instructional units for the 2014 legislation, Erin’s Law (Act 293). These materials are offered as optional resources that schools and districts may choose to use. The 2014 amendment to the Comprehensive Health Education Act requires that all schools provide instruction in sexual abuse and sexual assault prevention during the academic calendar year to students in grades PreK-12th grade. The law can be accessed at:


Health Education Materials:


1. State-adopted textbook, Heather & Fitness (Publisher: Harcourt)
2. Comprehensive Health videos, “Always Changing” (Publisher: Procter &Gamble) and “You’re Not a Little Kid Anymore” (Publisher: Marsh Media)


Middle School:
1. State-adopted textbooks, Teen Health Course 1, Course 2, and Course 3(Publisher: Glencoe/McGraw-Hill Companies)
2. Comprehensive Health 8th grade book, Choosing the Best Path Publisher: Choosing the Best Publishing, LLC)
three. Comprehensive Health 7th grade book, Choosing the Best Way Publisher: Choosing the Best Publishing, LLC)
4. Comprehensive Health 6th grade video, “McGee and Me” Video Series (Publisher: Focus on the Family)
5. APEX, (Publisher: Apex Learning Inc.)


High School
1. State-adopted textbook, Health & Wellness (Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies)
2. APEX, ApexLearning.com (Publisher: HOPE Health Opportunities through Physical Education)
3. Online Physical Education course, Grades 10th-12th (Publisher: Fuel Education)


Additional Materials to Support Health Textbooks and Standards:

Substance abuse-
· American Heart Association Materials and Red Ribbon Week Materials;


  • “Natural High” video series by Jon Sundt, discussion about substance abuse and the importance of finding healthy activities vs risky, unlawful and unhealthy ways to have fun(Grades 4 and 5)


  • Substance use-Comprehensive Health-Apex Program (Grade 9)


· Discussion with examples of healthy/unhealthy foods and other familiar substances, also healthy/unhealthy behaviors i.e. risky/unsafe situations (Kindergarten)


  • “My Only Me” re. Healthy habits, with discussion about healthy food, substances and behaviors (Grades1-3)


  • Health topics included can be found within the Harcourt Health and Fitness Curriculum


  • Full Health Curriculum received a grant for last year from Sharyn Pittman and Wofford. The focus is healthy eating and decisions program. It was in conjunction with our Healthy Schools program. Each grade level has a different curriculum, classroom teachers, PE, and after-school counselors all teach lessons from it throughout the year. The cafeteria staff has implemented many strategies from it as well. It came with a full curriculum, activity box cards, posters and cafeteria guide.


  • PE teacher uses APEX to supplement curriculum for her nutrition unit, Sec Ed. Substance abuse (Grade10-12)


Disease Prevention-
· Spark Curriculum, American Heart Association (materials and lesson plans on preventing heart disease) (Grade K-8)


  • Relay for Life Lessons


  • CATCH Curriculum -Coordinated Approach to Child’s Health-focuses on healthy eating decisions and physical activity taught by the entire school (K5-5)


  • Comprehensive Health-Apex Program, Personal Fitness Book (Grade 9)


Dental Health-
· Healthy Smiles comes tour school and we talk about dental health during PE lessons on hygiene.


  • Free dental screening is provided to the students at Dorman Freshman Campus 1 x per year (Provided by School/District not PE/Health Department)


Injury and safety-
· Guidance lessons on personal safety, PE lessons on bike and walking safety during walk at school week.


  • Hands Only CPR– Grant from American Heart Association (Grade 9)


Fitness -
· South Carolina Fitness Gram Project – (FITNESSGRAM/ President’s Youth Fitness Program Human Kinetics Online Education Center, The Cooper Institute) (Grade 9)


  • Injury and safety—Personal Fitness Book, Video and Worksheets (Grade 9)



Comprehensive Health Education – Erin’s Law


Section 59-32-20(B) of the South Carolina Code of Laws was amended June 2014 (H.4061, Act 293) to read that the State Board of Education through the S.C. Department of Education “shall selector develop instructional units in sexual abuse and assault awareness and prevention, with separate units appropriate for each age level from four-year-old kindergarten through twelfth grade.” Relating to the requirement that local school districts implement the comprehensive health education program, among other things, Section 59-32-30(G) was amended so as to provide that “beginning with the 2015–2016 school year, districts annually shall provide age- appropriate instruction in sexual abuse and assault awareness and prevention to all students in four-year-old kindergarten, where offered, through twelfth grade. This instruction must be based on the units developed by the board, through the department, pursuant to Section 59-32-20(B).”


On August 12, the State Board of Education approved a resource guide of instructional units. The guide and instructional units are offered to districts as a supplemental resource for the district’s curriculum to provide age-appropriate instruction in sexual abuse and assault awareness and prevention. If your district is interested in learning more about these instructional materials, please join one of the professional learning opportunities provided regionally this fall. The delivery of sexual abuse and sexual assault prevention instruction will be discussed. The training dates and registration will be made available through district instructional leaders and the local district’s contact person for health and physical education.


· Classroom teachers will be implementing the age-appropriate instruction as written by the State Department of Education (SDE).


  • Self-contained Special Education Teachers will be delivering a modified curriculum tailored to the appropriate developmental level of the students.



5K-Grade 5:
· Guidance Counselors are responsible for Erin’s Law lessons in the elementary classroom. The lessons are age-appropriate for each grade level as written by the SDE.


  • Self-contained Special Education Teachers will be delivering a modified curriculum tailored to the appropriate developmental level of the students.



Grades 6-8:
· Comprehensive Health Physical Education teachers are responsible for lessons. Physical education teachers will be giving age-appropriate lessons as written by the SDE.



Grade 9:
· Teachers will be presenting the curriculum during CAVS to ensure that all students are reached for the 2015-2016 school year. The lessons are age appropriate as written by the SDE.



Grades 10-12:
· The curriculum will be implemented using It’s Learning software. This will allow for the inclusion of all students regardless of schedule/RDA participation. The lessons age-appropriate as written by the SDE.


Comprehensive Health Support Documents and Resources

South Carolina Grade Level Health and Safety Education Curriculum Guidelines
The South Carolina Grade Level Health and Safety Education Curriculum Guidelines are aligned to the 2009 Standards document. The guide contains essential questions, teaching activities, and assessment strategies that address performance indicators within the standards.

South Carolina Academic Standards for Health and Safety

South Carolina Grade Level Health and Safety Education Curriculum Guidelines 
South Carolina Academic Standards for Physical Education Grades kindergarten-12th g http://ed.sc.gov/scdoe/assets/File/instruction/standards/PE/2014AcademicStandardsforPhysicalEducation.pdf

South Carolina Academic Standards for Physical Education 2014: Elementary Curriculum Guidelines 2013

South Carolina Academic Standards for Physical Education 2014: Secondary Curriculum Guidelines 2013

Coordinated School Health Framework
Below are links to tools and resources to assist district and school staff, faculty, parents, and students to assess, plan, and implement effective school health programs using coordinated school health framework.
School Health Index 
Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT) 
Physical Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (PECAT) 

South Carolina Comprehensive Development: Guidance and Counseling Program Model
Erin’s Law Instructional Resources
The2014 “Erin’s Law” amendment to the Comprehensive Health Act requires gradesK-12 instruction in the prevention of child sexual abuse. The instructional resources below have suggested teaching activities that are aligned with health education standards.
Erin’s Law Memorandum (Released July 25, 2016)
South Carolina Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and Child Advocacy Center Programs
Additional Erin's Law Instructional Resources

Resource to Support Mandatory Reporting–
District’s Child Advocacy Attorney

South Carolina Academic Standards for Health & Safety Education

South Carolina Grade Level Health and Safety Education Curriculum Guidelines(Standards and Performance Indicators)

Comprehensive Health Act of 1988
http://acsd5.schoolwires.net/cms/lib02/SC01001931/Centricity/Domain/1669/COMPREHENSIVEHEALTH EDUCATION PROGRAM.pdf

Comprehensive Health Education Advisory Committee
http://acsd5.schoolwires.net/cms/lib02/SC01001931/Centricity/Domain/1669/13Member CHE.pdf

Comprehensive health education is required for all students in kindergarten through 9th grades. South Carolina has specific requirements for health education based on the Comprehensive Health Education Act of 1988. Required topics vary by grade level but should include the following:
community health
consumer health
environmental health
growth and development
nutritional health
personal health
prevention and control of diseases and disorders
safety and accident prevention
substance use and abuse
dental health
mental and emotional health. 
sexually transmitted diseases (middle and high school)
reproductive health education (middle and high school)
domestic violence (middle and high school)
At the discretion of the local board, instruction in family life education or pregnancy prevention education or both may be included, but instruction in these subjects may not include an explanation of the methods of contraception before the sixth grade. 
CPR and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) for high school
To assist in the selection of components and curriculum materials for reproductive health education, family life education, and pregnancy prevention education, each local school board shall appoint thirteen-member local comprehensive advisory committee consisting of two parents, three clergy, two health professionals, two teachers, two students, one being the president of the student body of a high school, and two other persons not employed by the local school district.

SPARK Physical Education PE Programs grades4K- 8th has Research-Based curriculum, training & equipment
SC Academic Standards for Physical Education 2014
Elementary & Secondary Curriculum Guidelines 2013
Certified PE teacher(s) for all elementary and secondary schools -Physical Education
Elementary Schools – Required minimum for each student:
60 minutes weekly of Physical Education
90 minutes weekly of Physical Activity
Middle Schools – Required minimum for each student - nine weeks, grades 6-8
High School – one High School Credit

Project AIM (Adult Identity Mentoring)- Project AIM is an evidence-based program developed by Leslie F. Clark and Kim Miller, owned by Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA)that decreases risk behavior among middle school age youth. Project AIM promotes possible future selves and as a consequence, prevents risk behaviors that jeopardize that personal future.

Project AIM consists of 12 50-minute sessions conducted by two facilitators to groups of 10 to 30 youth. Project AIM is implemented in small groups twice a week, over a six-week period in classrooms or community settings such as after school programs, etc.
1. Unit 1: Legacy, Role Models, and Peers (three sessions). Students conceptualize legacy in their own lives and their future.
2. Unit 2: Projection: Expanding Visions of Possible Selves (two sessions). Students identify and research relevant occupations.
3. Unit 3: Self-Expression Through Work: Development of Possible Self (two sessions). Students identify necessary skills to be competitive and learn the value of self-presentation specific to the desired future self.
4. Unit 4: Skills of Fulfilling Positive Future Possible Selves (three sessions). Students gain skills to promote life goals and generalize skills.