AN ACTSECTION 1: TITLE
to modernize public school health education
and better prepare Atlasian children for
a healthy adult life
Be it enacted by the Senate of the Republic of Atlasia assembled, the following:
1. The long title of this act shall be the Modern Health Education Act
. It may also be cited as the Health Education Act
or the HEA.SECTION 2: ESTABLISHING A REGIONAL OPT-IN
1. This act shall incentivize the adoption of the following measures by making a total of $1 billion available to participating regions ($200 million each), to be administered by the Department of Internal Affairs.
2. It is intended that this money shall go to the regional departments of education, to be spent on one or more of the following:
a) the purchase of supporting health-related materials in class (e.g., supplementary curriculum packages, models, videos, etc.);
b) the hiring of in-class or in-school guest programs, led by professionals in the fields of health and/or fitness;
c) the development of health curricula, as well as the consultation process around said curricula;
d) subsidized school lunch and nutrition programs;
e) the staffing of additional guidance counsellors, psychiatrists, social support workers, and/or additional mental health professionals.SECTION 3: HEALTH EDUCATION
1. To qualify for the above funds, regions must adopt health curricula that include basic learning expectations in the following strands, exposed to children in some variation at every grade:
a) healthy eating;
b) personal safety and injury prevention;
c) substance use, addictions, and related behaviours;
d) human development and sexual health.
2. At a minimum, teaching and learning around the topic of healthy eating must incorporate the following core themes and content, increasing in complexity and sensitivity by grade level:
a) understanding the nutritional value associated with healthy eating;
b) identifying the factors that influence eating habits;
c) making decisions and setting goals around eating;
d) body image.
3. At a minimum, teaching and learning around the topics of personal safety and injury prevention must incorporate the following core themes and content, increasing in complexity and sensitivity by grade level:
a) understanding the characteristics of healthy relationships with peers and adults;
b) identifying possible courses of action in response to negative interactions or relationships;
c) physical safety and basic first aid;
d) exercising positive strategies to promote personal emotional health, including decision-making skills, anger management, and self-advocacy.
4. At a minimum, teaching and learning around the topics of substance use, addictions, and related behaviours must incorporate the following core themes and content, increasing in complexity and sensitivity by grade level:
a) understanding the social and physical effects of alcohol and tobacco use, as well as the use of other drugs and mind-altering substances;
b) other addictions and behaviours that can lead to addictions, including online gambling and excessive screen time;
c) mental health and related support systems.
5. At a minimum, teaching and learning around the topics of human development and sexual health must incorporate the following core themes and content, increasing in complexity and sensitivity by grade level:
a) sexual development and reproductive health;
b) making appropriate choices, sexual readiness, and consent in relationships;
c) conception and contraceptives;
d) acceptance of different sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions.SECTION 4: THE ATLASIAN INSTITUTE OF TEACHERS
1. The Atlasian Institute of Teachers shall be required to modify its National Teacher Licensing Examinations to accommodate the content areas and core themes covered in s. 3 of this act.SECTION 5: NUTRITIONAL STANDARDS
1. To qualify for the above funds, regions must adopt a policy for their school boards that limits or eliminates the sale and distribution of exceedingly unhealthy foods. Such limits shall not be required to apply to foods served/made as part of extracurricular and/or sports activities, in order to qualify for said funding. Exceedingly unhealthy shall be determined by a nutrient density standard to be formulated by the Food and Drug Administration.SECTION 6: SUPPORTING LGBTQ STUDENTS
1. To qualify for the above funds, regions must adopt a policy for their school boards that requires the establishment and operation of a gay-straight alliance (or variation thereof) in every school that accommodates students at or above the 9th grade, and has a student body equal to or greater than 200.SECTION 7: ADDITIONAL TERMS
1. Monies left unclaimed by any one or more region after December 31st, 2015 shall be redistributed to the other qualifying regions for additional spending as outlined in s. 2(2) of this act.
2. Repayment of all federal funds will be required in the event that a participating region makes any changes to deviate from compliance with the above standards on or before December 31st 2020, as determined by the Department of Internal Affairs.