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Erin's Law

over 2 years ago

“Erin’s Law” requires that all public schools in each state implement a prevention-oriented child sexual abuse program which teaches:

  1. Students in grades preK – 12th grade, age-appropriate techniques to recognize child sexual abuse and tell a trusted adult
  2. School personnel all about child sexual abuse
  3. Parents & guardians the warning signs of child sexual abuse, plus needed assistance, referral or resource information to support sexually abused children and their families

Elementary School Curriculum

over 2 years ago


MyPlate is a reminder to find your healthy eating style and build it throughout your lifetime. Everything you eat and drink matters. The right mix can help you be healthier now and in the future. This means:


  • Focus on variety, amount, and nutrition.
  • Choose foods and beverages with less saturated fat, sodium, and added sugars.
  • Start with small changes to build healthier eating styles.
  • Support healthy eating for everyone.

Eating healthy is a journey shaped by many factors, including our stage of life, situations, preferences, access to food, culture, traditions, and the personal decisions we make over time. All your food and beverage choices count. MyPlate offers ideas and tips to help you create a healthier eating style that meets your individual needs and improves your health.

Health Rocks

Health Rocks!® is curricula for a healthy living program targeted at young people ages 8 to 14. Teen and adult facilitators share hands-on activities that educate youth on the consequences of tobacco, alcohol and drug use.

The program aims to:

  • Reduce youth smoking and tobacco use.
  • Help youth build life skills that lead to healthy lifestyle choices with special emphasis on youth smoking and tobacco use prevention.
  • Help youth understand influences and health consequences of tobacco, drug, and alcohol use to make healthy choices.
  • Engage youth and adults in partnership to develop and implement community strategies that promote healthy lifestyle choices.
  • Build positive, enduring relationships with youth involved as full partners through widely varying "communities of interest" to address youth risk behaviors. 
Learn more at Health Rocks.


The D.A.R.E. program teaches students good decision-making skills to help them lead safe and responsible lives. 


Health & Wellness

Published by McGraw-Hill.

Middle School Curriculum

over 2 years ago

Decisions for Health 

Holt, Rinehart, and Winston Publishing

This health curriculum promotes active exploration of health concepts, character building, and life skills by requiring students to apply what they learn within the context of the real world. A separate textbook is available for grades six through eight. Nutrition content develops with each grade level. Lessons begin at the sixth grade level, with a focus on nutrients.

More complex topics, such as eating disorders and maintaining a healthy body image, are covered in the eighth grade. Students engage in guided and independent practice, demonstrations, discussions, role plays, skits, poster projects, and study activities to develop decision-making, media analysis, and communication skills.

Online access: Holt, Rinehart, and Winston

Botvin LifeSkills 

The Botvin LifeSkills Training Middle School program is a groundbreaking substance abuse and violence prevention program based on more than 30 years of rigorous scientific research. It is proven to be the most effective evidence-based program used in schools today.

LifeSkills Training is comprehensive, dynamic, and developmentally designed to promote positive youth development. In addition to helping kids resist drug, alcohol, and tobacco use, the LifeSkills Training Middle School program also effectively supports the reduction of  violence and other high-risk behaviors.

Making Proud Choices!

Making Proud Choices! 5th edition is an 8-module curriculum that provides adolescents with the knowledge, confidence and skills necessary to reduce their risk of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), HIV and pregnancy by abstaining from sex or using condoms if they choose to have sex. It is based on cognitive-behavioral theories, focus groups

                  Making Proud Choices! 5th Edition Basic Set

and the authors' extensive experience working with youth. Making Proud Choices! is an adaptation and extension of the original Be Proud! Be Responsible! curriculum that integrates teen pregnancy prevention along with HIV/STD prevention. 

Online Access: ETR

High School Curriculum

over 2 years ago

Health & Wellness

Published by Glencoe.  

Physical Education

over 2 years ago

Physical education is part of the school experience of South Carolina students. Physical education provides students with important opportunities for healthy activities and play. The National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) recommends that schools provide 150 minutes of instructional physical education for elementary school children, and 225 minutes for middle and high school students per week for the entire school year.


Comprehensive Health

over 2 years ago

The State Board of Education approved the South Carolina Academic Standards for Health and Safety Education on July 8, 2009. These Standards provide the scope and sequence for age appropriate comprehensive health education. The SC Standards are based on the 2007 National Health Education Standards.

Along with the Standards, the Comprehensive Health Education Act of 1988 requires that each school board appoint a CHE advisory committee to assist in the selection of curriculum components and materials. This committee must consist of two parents, three clergy, two health professionals, two teachers, two students, and two other persons not employed by the local school district. Each district advisory committee must carefully review all reproductive health education, family life education, and pregnancy prevention education materials before they are used in the schools.

Comprehensive Health Education Curriculum

Laurens School District 55's Comprehensive Health Committee has approved the use of Making Proud Choices and Safer Choices published by Select Media/ETR for our middle school and high school comprehensive health curriculum. Both of these programs are a multi-component, school-based, evidence-based program designed to prevent HIV, STDs, and pregnancy.

Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP)
Laurens School District 55 has been awarded the PREP grant from the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. The goal of the grant is to educate our students using evidence-based interventions to prevent teen pregnancies in South Carolina.