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Kristine M. Meurer, Ph.D., Acting Assistant Secretary Student Success Division Derek Irion, Physical Education Consultant School and Family Support Bureau. Health Education Graduation Course Requirement Implementation Plan.
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Kristine M. Meurer, Ph.D., Acting Assistant SecretaryStudent Success DivisionDerek Irion, Physical Education ConsultantSchool and Family Support Bureau
Health Education Graduation Course Requirement Implementation Plan
In 2009, House Memorial 127 charged the PED to conduct a study on Health Education.
The HM 127 Committee surveyed students, parents, school administrators and school health providers.
Three-fourths of all NM public school students surveyed (75%) indicated that a .5 health education credit should be required for graduation.
The majority (96%) of post-secondary students felt that all high school students should be
required to take at least one health education class.
Four hundred twenty seven (427) parents responded to the parent survey which was conducted across the state in both Spanish and English.
In the 2010 Regular Legislative Session, Section 22-13-1.1.J NMSA 1978 was amended to include health education as a requirement for graduation beginning with students entering the eighth grade in the 2012-2013 school year.
Beginning with students entering the eighth grade in 2012-2013 school year, a course in health education is required prior to graduation. Health education may be required in either middle school or high school, as determined by the school district. Each school district shall submit to the department by the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year a health education implementation plan for the 2012-2013 and subsequent school years, including in which grade health education will be required and how the course aligns with the department content and performance standards.
22-13-1.1.J NMSA 1978
*If course is in 6th grade - district must indicate how the they will ensure that the 7th and 8th grade students in the 2012-2013 school year will obtain the graduation requirement.
*If course is in 7th grade – district must indicate how the district will ensure that the 8th grade students in the 2012-2013 school year will obtain the graduation requirement.
Health Education Graduation Course Requirement Implementation Plan Guidance Document
The opt-out policy with documented board/governing body approval date must be submitted as part the Health Education Requirement Implementation Plan.
The opt-out policy with school board/governing body approval date must be submitted on the CD as part the implementation plan.
The process for parents to request an exemption from the parts of the HE curriculum that address the sexuality performance standards.
How alternative lessons are established for the exempted parts of the curriculum.
3. Each local board of education or governing body of a charter school shall ensure the involvement of parents, staff and students in the development of the policy.
According to the American Association of School Administrators [Dr. Sarah Jerome, AASA President and Superintendent, District 25, Arlington Heights, Illinois (2007)]:
“Health of mind and body is the most basic and fundamental requirement before any other [educational] goal can be met.”