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Atascadero USD |  BP  6142.8  Instruction

Comprehensive Health Education   

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The Board of Trustees believes that standards-based health education should foster the knowledge, skills, and behaviors that students need in order to lead healthy, productive lives. The district's health education program shall teach personal responsibility for one's own lifelong health, respect for and promotion of the health of others, the process of growth and development, and informed use of health-related information, products, and services.

Goals for the district's health education program shall be designed to promote student wellness and shall be developed in accordance with Board policy. Such goals shall include, but not be limited to, goals for nutrition education and physical activity.

(cf. 5030 - Student Wellness)

(cf. 6011 - Academic Standards)

(cf. 6142.1 - Sexual Health and HIV/AIDS Prevention Education)

(cf. 6142.7 - Physical Education)

The district shall provide a planned, sequential, research-based, standards-based, and age-appropriate health education curriculum for students in grades K-12. The content of health instruction shall be offered in accordance with law, Board policy, administrative regulation, and shall be aligned with state curriculum frameworks.

(cf. 6143 - Courses of Study)

The Board intends for health education to be part of a coordinated school health system that links district, school, and community programs and services to promote the health and well-being of students.

(cf. 1020 - Youth Services)

(cf. 3513.3 - Tobacco-Free Schools)

(cf. 3514 - Environmental Safety)

(cf. 3550 - Food Service/Child Nutrition Program)

(cf. 3554 - Other Food Sales)

(cf. 4020 - Drug and Alcohol-Free Workplace)

(cf. 5131.6 - Alcohol and Other Drugs)

(cf. 5131.63 - Steroids)

(cf. 5141.23 - Infectious Disease Prevention)

(cf. 5141.3 - Health Examinations)

(cf. 5141.32 - Health Screening for School Entry)

(cf. 5141.4 - Child Abuse Prevention and Reporting)

(cf. 5141.6 - Student Health and Social Services)

(cf. 5142 - Safety)

(cf. 5146 - Married/Pregnant/Parenting Students)

(cf. 6164.2 - Guidance/Counseling Services)

The Superintendent or designee shall provide periodic reports to the Board regarding the implementation and effectiveness of the district's health education program.

(cf. 0500 - Accountability)

Upon written request by a student's parent/guardian, a student shall be excused from any part of the health instruction that conflicts with the parent's/guardian's religious training, beliefs or personal moral convictions. Parents/guardians shall receive notification at the beginning of each school year regarding their right to excuse students from health instruction on these grounds. (Education Code 48980, 51240)

(cf. 5146.6 Parental Notifications)

Legal Reference:


8850.5 Family relationships and parenting education

35183.5 Sun protection

49413 First aid training

49430-49436 Pupil Nutrition, Health and Achievement Act of 2001

49490-49493 School breakfast and lunch programs

49500-49505 School meals

51202 Instruction in personal and public health and safety

51203 Instruction on alcohol, narcotics and dangerous drugs

51210 Areas of study

51220.5 Parenting skills; areas of instruction

51260-51269 Drug education

51265 Gang violence and drug and alcohol abuse prevention inservice

51513 Personal beliefs

51890-51891 Comprehensive health education programs

51913 District health education plan

51920 Inservice training, health education

51930-51939 Comprehensive sexual health and HIV/AIDS prevention education


11800-11801 District health education plan

Management Resources:


Student Wellness: A Healthy Food and Physical Activity Policy Resource Guide, rev. 2005


Health Framework for California Public Schools: Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve, 2003


Jump Start Teens, 1997



California Department of Education, Health Education:

California Department of Health, School Health Connections:

California Healthy Kids Resource Center:

California Project LEAN (Leaders Encouraging Activity and Nutrition):

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

National Hearing Conservation Association:


adopted: June 26, 2007 Atascadero, California