The Indiana Academic Standards for Grades K-12 Health and Wellness are organized in grade bands (K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12) and reflect the essential skills and knowledge that all students should know and be able to do to ensure they are equipped to make healthy choices and avoid high-risk behaviors. In alignment with the National Health Education Standards, the following Indiana Academic Standards represent learning outcomes for students. Each standard is accompanied by indicators that define the specific knowledge, skills, and behaviors expected of students by the end of each grade band.
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Health and Wellness Resources
Excerpts from Indiana Code (IC) and any related guidance and resources supporting the implementation of the Indiana Academic Standards for Health and Wellness that may be of special interest to educators of health and wellness are accessible using the dropdown menus. Additional resources will be posted as they become available.
- IC 20-30-5-16: Human organ and blood donor program instruction
Sec. 16. (a) Each school corporation shall include in the school corporation's high school health education curriculum instruction regarding the human organ donor program and blood donor program as adopted by the state board, including:
- the purpose of the human organ donor program and blood donor program;
- the statewide and nationwide need for human organ and blood donations; and
- the procedure for participation in the human organ donor program and blood donor program.
(b)The department shall, in consultation with the state department of health or any other appropriate organization, develop human organ donor program and blood donor program educational materials to be made available to school corporations to assist teachers assigned to teach the material described in this section.
- department shall develop guidelines; and
- state board shall adopt rules under IC 4-22-2; concerning the instruction required under this section to assist teachers assigned to teach the material described in this section.
[Pre-2005 Elementary and Secondary Education Recodification Citation: 20-10.1-4-14.]
As added by P.L.1-2005, SEC.14
- IC 20-30-5-13 Instruction on human sexuality or sexually transmitted diseases
Sec. 13. Throughout instruction on human sexuality or sexually transmitted diseases, an accredited school shall:
(1) require a teacher to teach abstinence from sexual activity outside of marriage as the expected standard for all school age children;
(2) include in the instruction that abstinence from sexual activity is the only certain way to avoid out-of-wedlock pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and other associated health problems; and
(3) include in the instruction that the best way to avoid sexually transmitted diseases and other associated health problems is to establish a mutually faithful monogamous relationship in the context of marriage.
- IC 20-34-3-17 Human immunodeficiency virus information; contents; consent to distribute
Sec. 17. (a) The state board shall provide information stressing the moral aspects of abstinence from sexual activity in any literature that it distributes to students and young adults concerning available methods for the prevention of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The literature must state that the best way to prevent HIV transmission as a result of sexual activity is for young people to refrain from sexual activity until they are ready as adults to establish, in the context of marriage, a mutually faithful monogamous relationship.
(b) The state board may not distribute HIV literature described in subsection (a) to students without the consent of the governing body of the school corporation the students attend.
To learn more about House Enrolled Act 1182 (Spring 2020) and its impact on IC 20-34-3-17 HIV-related information; contents; consent to distribute, please read the guidance found here.