8211 - Prevention Instruction

Adoption Date: 7/13/2005
8000 - Instruction


Elementary and Secondary Instruction
8211 Prevention Instruction





AIDS Instruction in Health Education



The Board of Education shall provide a health education program that will include appropriate instruction for all students concerning Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). Accurate information concerning the nature of the disease, methods of transmission, and means of prevention shall be provided in an age-appropriate manner and shall be consistent with community values and will stress that abstinence is the most appropriate and effective premarital protection against AIDS. 



A representative community advisory group (Health Advisory Committee) consisting of appropriate school personnel, School Board members, parents, religious representatives, and other community members shall be established in order to make recommendations for curriculum content, implementation, and evaluation of an AIDS instructional program. Appropriate training will be provided for instructional staff. 



No student shall be required to receive instruction concerning the methods of prevention of AIDS if the parent or legal guardian has filed with the Principal a written request that the student not participate in such instruction, with an assurance that the student will receive this instruction at home.



AIDS instruction in the elementary school grades, K-5, shall be taught by the regular classroom teacher, while such instruction in grades 6-12 shall be a part of the required health education course.



Substance Abuse-Prevention Instruction



The Board of Education recognizes the need to educate students on the hazards of alcohol, tobacco and/or drug abuse. An educationally sequential health prevention program, utilizing as appropriate community, staff and student input, will be developed to inform students of:



a)  Causes for substance abuse;



b)  Physical and psychological damage associated with substance abuse;



c)  Avoidance of alcohol, tobacco and drugs;



d)  Dangers of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.



Environmental Conservation Instruction

The Board of Education supports and encourages the development of a District-wide, articulated curriculum of environmental conservation integrated into other program disciplines. 




Fire and Arson Prevention Instruction



The Board of Education directs the administration to provide instruction in fire and arson prevention for all students in each school for a period of not less than forty-five (45) minutes each month that school is in session. 



Student Safety



Instruction in courses in technology education, science, home and career skills, art and physical education, health, and safety shall include and emphasize safety and accident prevention. 



Safety instruction shall precede the use of materials and equipment by students in applicable units of work in the courses listed above, and instructors shall teach and enforce all safety procedures relating to the particular courses. These shall include the wearing of protective eye devices in appropriate activities. 



Emergency Planning



The School District shall maintain updated plans and operating procedures to be followed in the event of natural or manmade disasters or enemy attack. Students shall be provided instruction to respond effectively in emergency situations. 



Instruction on Prevention of Child Abduction



All students in grades K through 8 in District schools shall receive instruction designed to prevent the abduction of children. Such instruction shall be provided by or under the direct supervision of regular classroom teachers and the Board of Education shall provide appropriate training and curriculum materials for the regular classroom teachers who provide such instruction. However, at the Board's discretion, such instruction may be provided by any other public or private agency.



The Commissioner of Education will provide technical assistance to assist in the development of curricula for such courses of study which must be age appropriate and developed according to the needs and abilities of students at successive grade levels in order to provide awareness skills, information, self-confidence, and support to aid in the prevention of child abduction.



For purposes of developing such courses of study, the Board of Education may establish local advisory councils or utilize the school-based shared decision making and planning committee established pursuant to the Regulations of the Commissioner to make recommendations concerning the content and implementation of such courses. Alternatively, the District may utilize courses of instruction developed by consortia of school districts, boards of cooperative educational services, other school districts, or any other public or private agency. Such advisory council shall consist of, but not be limited to, parents, school trustees and Board members, appropriate school personnel, business and community representatives, and law enforcement personnel having experience in the prevention of child abduction.


AIDS Instruction:


8 New York Code of Rules and Regulations (NYCRR)


Sections 135.3(b)(2) and 135.3(c)(2)


Civil Preparedness:


New York State Office of Disaster Preparedness


Fire and Arson:


Education Law Section 808


Prevention of Child Abduction:


Education Law Section 803-a


Student Safety:


Education Law Section 808


8 New York Code of Rules and Regulations (NYCRR)


Sections 107 and 155


Substance Abuse:


Education Law Section 804


8 New York Code of Rules and Regulations (NYCRR)


Section 135.3(a)




Adopted: 7/13/05







Policy References:
Refer also to Policies 
#3410 -- Code of Conduct on School Property
#5640 -- Smoking/Tobacco Use
#7320 -- Alcohol, Tobacco, Drugs and Other Substances (Students)
District Code of Conduct on School Property


Policy Cross References:
 » 3410 - Code of Conduct on School Property
 » 5640 - Smoking/Tobacco Use
 » 7320 - Alcohol, Tobacco, Drugs, and Other Substances