Comprehensive Health Education

    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: SC Comprehensive Health Ed.


    Health Education Materials



    1. Macmillan and McGraw-Hill Health and Wellness Grade K, 1, 2, 3, 4

    McGraw-Hill School Education. 2005

    1. Second Steps (Erin’s Law) http://www.secondstep.org/child-protection



    Additional Materials to Support Health Textbooks and Standards


    Substance abuse-

    • American Heart Association Materials
    • Red Ribbon Week Materials



    • Discussion with examples of healthy/unhealthy foods and other familiar substances, also healthy/unhealthy behaviors ie. risky/unsafe situations (Kindergarten)
    • Health topics included can be found within the McGraw-Hill Health and Fitness Curriculum


    Disease Prevention-

    • Spark Curriculum for PE (K-8)
    • American Heart Association (materials and lesson plans on preventing heart disease) (Grade K-8)
    • Relay for Life Lessons for cancer related education
    • CATCH Curriculum -Coordinated Approach to Child’s Health-focuses on healthy eating decisions and physical activity taught by the entire school (K5-5)


    Dental Health-

    • Healthy Smiles comes to our school and we talk about dental health during lessons on hygiene.
    • Free dental screening is available

    Injury and safety-

    • Guidance lessons on personal safety, PE lessons on bike and walking safety during walk at school week.
    • CPR training for intermediate school students through after school activities
    • CPR training for high school students – American Heart Association (Grade 9)


    Fitness -

    • South Carolina FitnessGram Project – (FITNESSGRAM/ President’s Youth Fitness Program Human Kinetics Online Education Center, The Cooper Institute)


    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 select or 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.\

    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 2017 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 ghttp://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 a coordinated school health framework.

    SchoolHealth Index 
    HealthEducation Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT) 
    PhysicalEducation 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 grades K-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 ChildAdvocacy 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

    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 HealthEducation 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 a 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 – one semester, grades 6-8
    High School – one High School Credit or equivalent as accepted by law

    For more detailed information, please contact your child's principal or Tammy Smith, Director of Health Services.