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Mississippi Code of 1972- Healthy Students Act- Section 37-13-134

Mississippi Code 37-13-171

Mississippi Public School Accountability Standards:

  • Standard 32
    The basic curriculum of each high school consists of required and approved courses that generate at least 33½ Carnegie units annually. (See Appendices B and C.) {MS Code 37-1-3(2)} (SB Policies 2902 and 2903)

Note: Any request for an exemption from teaching the courses listed in Appendix B must be approved by the Commission on School Accreditation.

  • Standard 33
    The basic curriculum of each elementary or middle school (any configuration of grades K-8) consists of reading/language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, the arts, health education, and physical education, which may be taught by a regular classroom teacher. {MS Code 37-1-3(2) and 37-13-134}

Note: Beginning in school year 2008-2009, in any configuration of grades K-8, the basic curriculum must include 150 minutes of activity-based instruction per week and 45 minutes of instruction in health education per week. Implementation of the activity-based instruction must meet or exceed the standards as approved by the State Board of Education. A regular classroom teacher may provide instruction in the arts, health education, and physical education in a self-contained classroom setting.

  • Standard 37.2
    37. The district complies with the following requirements for Safe and Healthy Schools:
    37.2 Each school has on file a school wellness policy developed by a local school health council that addresses the eight components of a coordinated approach to school health and that has been approved by the local school board.

Note: The policy must address standards for physical education, health education, nutrition services, counseling & psychological services, staff wellness, healthy school environment, health services, community involvement, school safety plan, marketing and implementation.

Textbook Adoption


2012 Mississippi Contemporary Health Curriculum (K-8) & (9-12)

Supplemental Resource Provider List

Health In Action Lesson Plan Website:
This database provides over 1300 lesson plans that incorporate health and physical education activities and can be used in academic classroom settings.


The Love Is Not Abuse Curriculum is a step-by step guide to teaching high school students about the issue of dating violence. Using literature and poetry, this program sponsored by Liz Claiborne Inc., provides teachers with the tools to teach about this sensitive subject and is intended to be taught in either Health or English/Language Arts classes.

Positive Action is an evidenced-based, positive youth development program that improves students' health, academic achievement, character, and social/emotional skills, while reducing problem behaviors, such as: bullying, violence and substance use.  It has a PreK-12 sequential curriculum with kits for school-wide climate development, counselors, families, and community involvement.  It's based on the intuitive, intrinsically motivating philosophy taught through six unit concepts, including positive actions for the whole self: physical, intellectual, social, and emotional areas.

Lessons from Literature is an innovative program that enlists English teachers to use the books and material already being taught to facilitate discussion and build awareness about physical, verbal and sexual abuse. Created by the Family Violence Prevention Fund,, Lessons from Literature will extend and enrich the core literature curriculum while raising student awareness of the serious topic of abuse.

Developmental Health Indicators, Birth to 5:
A Guide for Parents & Childcare Workers

Healthy Newsletter Tidbits

Child Safety Seat Tips:
Until they're tall enough to wear a properly positioned adult seat belt, kids will need to use a car safety seat. Using these seats, when they’re correctly installed, reduces fatal injuries in a car crash by 71 percent for infants and 54 percent for toddlers, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).  For more information visit Progressive's website at

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) provides community tool kits, education programs, teaching strategies, read for fire safety materials, and information concerning grants and awards for public educators.

Coordinated School Health Implementation Resource

Centers for Disease and Control School Health Index (SHI) - The SHI is a self-assessment and planning tool that schools can use to improve their health and safety policies and programs. It's easy to use and completely confidential.

The School Health Profile, developed by the CDC, is a survey administered biennially to middle and high school principals and lead health education teachers to assess health policies and programs in states and large urban areas.

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