DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

Office of the Secretary

Statutory Authority: 14 Delaware Code, Section 122(b) (14 Del.C. ยง122(b))

14 DE Admin. Code 851

PROPOSED

Education Impact Analysis Pursuant To 14 Del.C. Section 122(D)

851 K to 12 Comprehensive Health Education Program

A. Type of Regulatory Action Required

Amendment to Existing Regulation

B. Synopsis of Subject Matter of the Regulation

The Secretary of Education seeks the consent of the State Board of Education to amend 14 DE Admin. Code 851 K to 12 Comprehensive Health Education Program. The regulation was amended for formatting purposes and also clarification on necessary components of the district and charter school health education programs. In addition, clarifies that charter schools are subject to these program requirements.

Persons wishing to present their views regarding this matter may do so in writing by the close of business on or before December 2, 2009 to Susan Haberstroh, Education Associate, Regulation Review, Department of Education, at 401 Federal Street, Suite 2, Dover, Delaware 19901. A copy of this regulation is available from the above address or may be viewed at the Department of Education business office.

C. Impact Criteria

1. Will the amended regulation help improve student achievement as measured against state achievement standards? The amended regulation does not address student achievement as measured against state achievement standards. It pertains to health education in grade levels.

2. Will the amended regulation help ensure that all students receive an equitable education? The regulation addresses health education not equity issues.

3. Will the amended regulation help to ensure that all students' health and safety are adequately protected? The regulation helps to ensure that all students' health and safety are adequately protected with instruction in the areas of health, family life, and drug-free schools. The amendment also adds training in fire safety education and evidence-based tobacco, alcohol, drug, and interpersonal violence prevention program.

4. Will the amended regulation help to ensure that all students' legal rights are respected? The amended regulation addresses comprehensive health education not student's legal rights.

5. Will the amended regulation preserve the necessary authority and flexibility of decision making at the local board and school level? The amended regulation will preserve the necessary authority and flexibility of decision making at the local board and school level.

6. Will the amended regulation place unnecessary reporting or administrative requirements or mandates upon decision makers at the local board and school levels? The amended regulation will not place unnecessary reporting or administrative requirements or mandates upon decision makers at the local board and school levels.

7. Will the decision making authority and accountability for addressing the subject to be regulated be placed in the same entity? The decision making authority and accountability for addressing the subject to be regulated will remain in the same entity.

8. Will the amended regulation be consistent with and not an impediment to the implementation of other state educational policies, in particular to state educational policies addressing achievement in the core academic subjects of mathematics, science, language arts and social studies? The amended regulation will be consistent with and not an impediment to the implementation of other state educational policies, in particular to state educational policies addressing achievement in the core academic subjects of mathematics, science, language arts and social studies.

9. Is there a less burdensome method for addressing the purpose of the regulation? There is no less burdensome method for addressing the purpose of the regulation.

10. What is the cost to the State and to the local school boards of compliance with the regulation? There is no additional cost to the State and to the local school board of compliance with the regulation.

851 K to 12 Comprehensive Health Education Program

1.0 Program Requirements

1.1 Each school district and charter school shall have a sequential, skill-based K to 12 Comprehensive Health Education Program based on the Delaware Health Education Standards that establishes a foundation of understanding the relationship between personal behavior and health and shall include at a minimum the following:

1.1.1 Identification of a district level person to coordinate the district program and a coordinator in each building to assure compliance at the building level. Each charter school shall identify a person to coordinate the program for the charter school.

1.1.2 Appointment of persons such as teachers, parents, school nurses, community leaders, guidance counselors, law enforcement officers and others with expertise in the areas of health, family life and safe and drug free schools and communities to serve as members of the District Consolidated Application Planning Committee.

1.1.3 The use of the state content standards for health education for grades K to 12 inclusive of to address the core concepts: tobacco, alcohol and other drugs, injury prevention and safety, nutrition and, physical activity, family life and sexuality, tobacco, emotional personal health and wellness, mental, personal and consumer health and community and environmental health with minimum hours of instruction as follows:

1.1.3.1 In grades K to 4, a minimum of thirty (30) hours in each grade of comprehensive health education and family life education of which ten (10) hours, in each grade, must address drug and alcohol education.

1.1.3.2 In grades 5 and 6, a minimum of thirty five (35) hours in each grade of comprehensive health education and family life education of which fifteen (15) hours, in each grade, must address drug and alcohol education.

1.1.3.3 In grades 7 and 8, separate from other subject areas, a minimum of sixty (60) hours of comprehensive health education of which fifteen (15) hours, in each grade, must address drug and alcohol education. If all of the 60 hours are provided in one year at grade 7 or 8, an additional fifteen hours of drug and alcohol education must be provided in the other grade.

1.1.3.4 In grades 9 to 12, one half (1/2) credit of comprehensive health education is required for graduation of which fifteen (15) hours of this 1/2 credit course must address drug and alcohol education. This 1/2 credit course may be provided in the 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grade. In each of the remaining three grades, fifteen (15) hours of drug and alcohol education must be provided for all students.

1.1.4 Inclusion of a comprehensive sexuality education and an HIV prevention program that stresses the benefits of abstinence from high risk behaviors.

1.1.5 Inclusion of the core concepts of nutrition and family life and sexuality implemented through Family and Consumer Science courses.

1.1.6 Inclusion of research-based fire safety education in grades kindergarten through grade 6.

1.1.7 Inclusion of an evidence-based tobacco, alcohol, drug and interpersonal violence prevention program.

1.6 1.1.8 An annual staff development plan that describes tThe use of effective instructional methods as demonstrated in sound research in the core concepts and skills inclusive of accessing information, self management, analyzing internal and external influences, interpersonal communication, decision making and goal setting and advocacy.

1.7 1.1.9 A description of the method(s) used to implement and evaluate the effectiveness of the program which shall be reported every three years as part of the Quality Review for Ensuring School and Student Success in the District/School Success Plan.

3 DE Reg. 1073 (2/1/00)

8 DE Reg. 1012 (1/1/05)

13 DE Reg. 578 (11/01/09) (Prop.)