§ 16-22-4. Instruction in health and physical education.
(a) All children in grades one through twelve (12) attending public schools, or any other schools managed and controlled by the state, shall receive in those schools instruction in health and physical education under rules and regulations the department of elementary and secondary education may prescribe or approve during periods that shall average at least twenty (20) minutes in each school day. No private school or private instruction shall be approved by any school committee for the purposes of chapter 19 of this title as substantially equivalent to that required by law of a child attending a public school in the same city and/or town unless instruction in health and physical education similar to that required in public schools shall be given. Commencing September 1, 2012, the required health education curriculum shall be based on the health education standards of the Rhode Island Health Education Framework: Health Literacy for All Students as promulgated by the Rhode Island department of education and consistent with the mandated health instructional outcomes therein. Commencing September 1, 2012, the required physical education curriculum shall be based on the physical education standards of the Rhode Island Physical Education Framework: Supporting Physically Active Lifestyles through Quality Physical Education as promulgated by the Rhode Island department of education and consistent with the instructional outcomes therein.
(b) The department of elementary and secondary education shall consider, in consultation with the state department of behavioral healthcare, developmental disabilities and hospitals, the incorporation of substance abuse prevention and suicide prevention into the health education curriculum. For the purpose of this section, "substance abuse prevention" means the implementation of evidence-based, age appropriate programs, practices, or curricula related to the use and abuse of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs; "suicide prevention" means the implementation of evidence-based appropriate programs, practices, or curricula related to mental health awareness and suicide prevention.
(G.L. 1938, ch. 182, § 9; P.L. 1949, ch. 2341, § 1; impl. am. P.L. 1951, ch. 2752, § 21; G.L. 1956, § 16-22-4; P.L. 2008, ch. 254, § 2; P.L. 2008, ch. 463, § 2; P.L. 2017, ch. 107, § 1; P.L. 2017, ch. 115, § 1.)