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October 20, 2008
School districts may provide health education instruction in a variety of arrangements and settings, including mixed-age programs designed to permit flexible learning arrangements in accordance with 19 TAC §74.3(a). However, the rule stipulates that the district must ensure that sufficient time is provided for teachers to teach and for students to learn the TEKS of health education. School districts may add elements, but they may not delete or omit components of the middle school TEKS-based health education curriculum. This requirement is posted on our website and may be viewed at http://www.tea.state.tx.us/rules/tac/chapter074/ch074a.html.
In addition, the Texas Education Code (TEC), §38.014, provides that every school district shall implement health education in middle and junior high schools as one of the four components of a Coordinated School Health Program. This regulation was passed in response to the escalating health disparities in Texas youth and built upon the existing requirement in elementary schools to implement a Coordinated School Health Program per Senate Bill 19. The statutory requirement may be viewed on our website at http://tlo2.tlc.state.tx.us/statutes/docs/ED/content/htm/ed.002.00.000038.00.htm#38.014.00.
If you have questions regarding middle and junior high school health education TEKS-based curriculum and standards, contact Phyllis Simpson, Director of Health and Physical Education, at (512) 463-9581 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions related to Coordinated School Health Programs, contact Marissa Rathbone, Director of School Health, at (512) 463-3064 or via e-mail at email@example.com.