School Health Education
This page provides guidance, information and resources for school health instruction as required by education law and Commissioner's regulations. Visit the Office of Curriculum and Instruction (C&I) for additional information.
- 2/10/15 – Clarification of the Modernization of Health Education Curriculum Law (438 KB) – This memorandum provides information on the new requirements for school districts regarding the modernization of health education curriculum regarding alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.
- The problem of heroin and opioid abuse continues to grow at alarming rates both in New York State and throughout the nation. Please visit www.combatheroin.ny.gov to learn more about opioid and heroin abuse and the publications and resources available.
- Commissioner's Regulations Part 135 (48.70 KB)
- The Learning Standards for Physical Education, Health and Family Consumer Science at Three Levels (59.82 KB)
- NYSED Assessment Process for Review of a Local Education Agencies (LEAs) Condom Availability Plan (CAP) and Approval of the Plan for Training for School Personnel and/or Health Service Personnel Providing Personal Health Guidance to Students (285 KB) (Updated 4/25/14)
As stated in Commissioner's Regulations §135.3 (c) (2-ii) boards of education or trustees may make condoms available to students as part of a district's AIDS instruction program. This document provides an identified process and an assessment rubric for LEAs to use as guidance when preparing and writing their CAP for submission and review by the State Education Department. Any outcomes based upon this document should be reviewed and approved at the district level and remain consistent with local community values. Every attempt has been made to ensure information and resources contained in this document are current and reflective of best practice.
- Guidance Document to Achieving New York State Learning Standards in Health (499 KB) - This guidance document provides local educational agencies with a framework for developing health curricula and implementing instructional and assessment strategies. This document is intended for use by administrators and school health education personnel. Every attempt has been made to ensure that the information and resources contained in this document reflect best practice in health education. This document is not intended as a mandate and is to be used for guidance purposes only. Any local curricula or instructional strategies developed based upon this document, in whole or in part, should be reviewed through normal district procedures and be consistent with local community values and needs. (Updated 4/25/14)
- Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HECAT) - The HECAT can help school districts, schools, and others conduct a clear, complete, and consistent analysis of health education curricula based on the National Health Education Standards and CDC’s Characteristics of an Effective Health Education Curriculum. Results of the HECAT results can help schools select or develop appropriate and effective health education curricula and improve the delivery of health education. The HECAT can be customized to meet local community needs and conform to the curriculum requirements of the state or school district.
- Problem Gambling Resources from the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services for School Districts and Teachers regarding the education and prevention of problem gambling.
Visit the School Health Services Center Website for the most comprehensive guidance materials.
State and National Survey Data
- Youth Risk Behavior Survey 2013 (445 KB)
- The Education Department conducts the YRBS in randomly selected high schools in
every odd-numbered year. The YRBS monitors priority high risk behaviors among
youth and young adults. This initiative is supported by the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC) http://www.cdc.gov/HealthyYouth/yrbs/
- School Health Profiles Survey (5.57 MB)
- The Education Department conducts the Profiles in high schools and/or middle schools throughout the State targeting principals and lead health education teachers in even-numbered years. Profiles is a system of surveys assessing school health policies and practices. This iniatitive is supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/profiles/index.htm)
- School Health Policies and Practices Study (SHPPS)