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Release: #18-37
May 1, 2018
Contact: Jonathan Mendick
Phone: 916-319-0818

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces Public Comment Period Open for New Health Education Framework

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced today that the public comment period is now open for the Health Education Framework for California Public Schools, Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve. It presents an approach to health education that focuses on students learning skills and practicing behaviors that will lead to a lifetime of good health.

“Students who are healthy do better in school, attend more days of classes and are ready to learn,” said Torlakson. “This new framework is another example of how California is leading the way for comprehensive health education for all students.”

The framework provides guidance on a wide range of health education topics, including nutrition, physical activity, community health, drug use, depression, obesity, relationships, and the impact of the environment on health. It also gives students the tools to reduce risky behaviors. The new health education framework is the first based on the groundbreaking Health Education Content Standards for California Public School, Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve (PDF), which addresses the physical, mental, emotional, and social aspects of health.

The public will have until June 29, 2018, to review the draft framework on the CDE Health Education Curriculum Framework Web page. Comments may be submitted using an online survey [Note: The online survey is no longer available] or via e-mail to Public comments will be presented to the Instructional Quality Commission for review and possible inclusion into the final version of the framework this summer.

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Tom Torlakson — State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100

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