DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Office of the Secretary
REGULATORY IMPLEMENTING ORDER
851 K to 12 Comprehensive Health Education Program
I. SUMMARY OF THE EVIDENCE AND INFORMATION SUBMITTED
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 to require cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) awareness and use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) and awareness of organ/tissue donating in the high school. The addition of these curricular areas would commence in schools no later than the 2014-2015 school year.
Notice of the proposed regulation was published in the News Journal and the Delaware State News on August 3, 2013, in the form hereto attached as Exhibit "A". The Department received 57 comments of support and/or endorsement from various organizations as well as from the public at large. While all were supportive, several of the comments requested "psychomotor learning" or "hands on" instruction for CPR. The Department has modified the regulation to clarify that certain standards should be utilized when complying with this section of the regulation. Districts and charter schools can locally decide to increase any requirements or additional components.
II. FINDINGS OF FACTS
The Secretary finds that it is appropriate to amend 14 DE Admin. Code 851 K to 12 Comprehensive Health Education Program to require cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) awareness and use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) and awareness of organ/tissue donating in the high school.
III. DECISION TO AMEND THE REGULATION
For the foregoing reasons, the Secretary concludes that it is appropriate to amend 14 DE Admin. Code 851 K to 12 Comprehensive Health Education Program. Therefore, pursuant to 14 Del.C. §122, 14 DE Admin. Code 851 K to 12 Comprehensive Health Education Program attached hereto as Exhibit "B" is hereby amended. Pursuant to the provision of 14 Del.C. §122(e), 14 DE Admin. Code 851 K to 12 Comprehensive Health Education Program hereby amended shall be in effect for a period of five years from the effective date of this order as set forth in Section V. below.
IV. TEXT AND CITATION
The text of 14 DE Admin. Code 851 K to 12 Comprehensive Health Education Program amended hereby shall be in the form attached hereto as Exhibit "B", and said regulation shall be cited as 14 DE Admin. Code 851 K to 12 Comprehensive Health Education Program in the Administrative Code of Regulations for the Department of Education.
V. EFFECTIVE DATE OF ORDER
The actions hereinabove referred to were taken by the Secretary pursuant to 14 Del.C. §122 on September 19, 2013. The effective date of this Order shall be ten (10) days from the date this Order is published in the Delaware Register of Regulations.
IT IS SO ORDERED the 19th day of September 2013.
Department of Education
Mark T. Murphy, Secretary of Education
Approved this 19th day of September 2013
State Board of Education
Teri Quinn Gray, Ph.D., President
Gregory B. Coverdale, Jr.
Jorge L. Melendez, Vice President
Terry M. Whittaker, Ed.D.
G. Patrick Heffernan
Randall L. Hughes II
Barbara B. Rutt
851 K to 12 Comprehensive Health Education Program
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 Consolidated Application Planning Committee.
1.1.3 The use of the state content standards for health education for grades K to 12 to address the core concepts: tobacco, alcohol and other drugs, injury prevention and safety, nutrition and, physical activity, family life and sexuality, personal health and wellness, mental health and community and environmental health with minimum hours of instruction as follows:
22.214.171.124 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.
126.96.36.199 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.
188.8.131.52 In grades 7 and 8, separate from other subject areas, a minimum of sixty (60) hours of comprehensive health education and family life 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.
184.108.40.206 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. In addition, no less than two (2) hours of this 1/2 credit course shall cover cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) awareness [based on current evidence-based emergency cardiovascular guidelines], use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) as well as a component on the life saving and life enhancing effects of organ and tissue donation. 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. CPR awareness, use of an AED and organ/tissue donation awareness shall be integrated into each high school Health Education Program no later than the 2014-2015 school year.
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.
1.1.8 The 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.
1.1.9 A description of the method(s) used to implement and evaluate the effectiveness of the program which shall be reported in the District/School Success Plan upon request of the Department.