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Curriculum and Instruction
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Health Education
     Last Updated: 2/8/2012

Mandate: The State Board of Education requires instruction in health education by grade levels (K-2, 3-6, 7-8, and 9-12) in R277-700 (2004). The rule includes a requirement for the completion of unit in grades 7-8, and at least unit for graduation, earned in grades 9-12.

Curriculum Content: As part of the Rule, the state board also established the Health Education Core - Secondary (2009) and Health Education Core - Elementary (1997), a set of standards for students in grades K-12. The Health Education Core also includes a suggested curriculum for schools to follow should they wish to do so.

State Assessment Requirement: None.

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Physical Education
     Last Updated: 2/8/2012

Mandate: According to R277-700.3 (2004), the State Board of Education requires instruction in physical education in grades K-2 (as a part of integrated curriculum), grades 3-6, 1 credit in physical education in middle school according, and 1.5 credits in physical education for high school graduation.

Exemptions: None specified.

Curriculum Content: The Physical Education Core - Secondary (2005) and Physical Education Core - Elementary (1997) and sets standards for students in grades K-12 to receive instruction in physical education and activity.

Physical Fitness Assessment: None.

Asthma Awareness Education
     Last Updated: 2/18/2006

Not specifically required.

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Emotional, Social, and Mental Health Education
     Last Updated: 2/8/2012

The Health Education Core - Secondary (2009) and Health Education Core - Elementary (1997) set standards for students in grades K-12 to be taught a basic set of health curriculum. In general, students in grades K-2 are to be taught how to develop social skills and responsible emotional and cognitive behaviors. Students in grades 3-6 are to be taught aspects of and how to improve mental and social health, healthy expression of emotions, the effects of diet and exercise on mental wellness, and stress management. Students in grades 7-8 are to be taught skills and processes for managing stress, the social, emotional, and physical changes of adolescence, and factors that impact mental and emotional health. Students in grades 9-12 are to be taught how choices influence mental, social, emotional, physical, and spiritual health, stress management strategies, and the grieving process.

Character Education: Code 53A-1a-107 (2003) requires the State Board to develop and disseminate a state model curriculum on character development. Code 53A-13-109  (2004) states that the legislature acknowledges civic and character education as fundamental components of public education and requires character education be integrated into the curriculum of all public schools.

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HIV, STD, and Pregnancy Prevention Education
     Last Updated: 4/28/2012

Mandate: Code 53A-13-101 (2004) requires the Utah State Board of Education to establish curriculum requirements that include instruction in the prevention of communicable diseases in grades 8-12. The Health Education Core - Secondary (2009) and Health Education Core - Elementary (1997) provides further detail on suggested grades and topics: in grades 3-12 students are to receive instruction in the prevention of communicable diseases, including HIV; in grades 7-12 students should additionally receive instruction in HIV, other sexually transmitted diseases and pregnancy prevention.

Curriculum Content: While Code 53A-13-101 requires the state board to develop a curriculum, schools are not required to follow it. The state board-approved standards found in the Health Education Core - Secondary (2009) and Health Education Core - Elementary (1997), provides a suggested curriculum framework.

R277-474 (2009) provides further guidance about local district responsibilities. Material taught must be medically accurate, and must not teach the intricacies of intercourse, sexual stimulation or erotic behavior, and cannot advocate homosexuality or the use of contraceptive methods or devices, or sexual activity outside of marriage. It is also required that each newly hired or newly assigned Utah educator with responsibility for any aspect of human sexuality instruction to annually attend a state-sponsored in-service outlining the human sexuality curriculum and the criteria for human sexuality instruction in any courses offered in the public education system. The professional development focuses on the requirements of Code 53A-13-101, which details a number of limitations on HIV, STD, and pregnancy prevention education in Utah schools. For example, at no time may instruction be provided, including responses to spontaneous questions raised by students, regarding any means or methods that facilitate or encourage the violation of any state or federal criminal law by a minor or an adult. In addition, the materials adopted by a local school board must prohibit instruction in: the intricacies of intercourse, sexual stimulation, or erotic behavior; the advocacy of homosexuality; the advocacy or encouragement of the use of contraceptive methods or devices; or the advocacy of sexual activity outside of marriage."

Parental Approval: R277-474 requires written parent or guardian permission in order for a student to participate in human sexuality instruction (an opt-in" requirement).

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Nutrition Education
     Last Updated: 2/8/2012

The Health Education Core - Secondary (2009) and Health Education Core - Elementary (1997) sets standards students in grades K-12 to receive instruction in the benefits of eating a variety of nutritious foods.

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Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drug Use Education
     Last Updated: 9/4/2008

Alcohol: Code 53A-13-102 (2002) requires students in each grade levels to receive instruction on the harmful effects of alcohol use.

Tobacco: Code 53A-13-102 requires students in each grade levels to receive instruction on the harmful effects of tobacco use.

Drugs: Code 53A-13-102 requires students in each grade levels to receive instruction on the harmful effects of controlled substance use.

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Injury and Violence Prevention Education
     Last Updated: 2/8/2012

The  Health Education Core - Elementary (1997) sets standards for students in grade 5 are to be taught the impact of violence on society. Students in grade 6 are required to be taught about how emotions may lead to violence and how to manage these emotions. Health Education Core - Secondary (2009) requires students in grades 9-12  to learn how to make safety plans to address violent situations.

State Board of Education Policy R277-613-1 requires all staff receive training specific to the following: (1) overt aggression (including physical fighting such as punching, shoving, kicking), (2) verbal threatening threatening behavior, (3) relational aggression or indirect, covert, or social aggression (including rumor spreading, intimidation, enlisting a friend to assault a child, and social isolation), (3) prohibitions against bullying or hazing of a sexzual nature or with sexual overtones), and (4) cyberbullying, including use of email, web pages, text messaging, instant messaging, three-way calling or messaging any other form of electronic means for aggression inside or outside of school.

Bullying/Harassment: The Health Education Core - Secondary (2009) sets standards for students in grades 7-12 to be taught how to identify those behaviors that may lead to sexual harassment and how to manage sexual harassment.  State Board of Education Policy R277-613-1 (2009) requires each district's bullying and hazing prevention policy to provide for training to students specific to the following: (1) overt agression (including physical fighting such as punching, shoving, kicking and berbal threatening behavior, such as name calling), (2)  relational aggression or indirect, covert, or social aggression (including rumor spreading, intimidation, enlisting a friend to assault a child, and social isolation), (3) prohibitions against bullying or hazing of a sexual nature or with sexual overtones, and (4) cyberbullying, including the use of email, web pages, text messaging, instant messaging, three-way calling or messaging of any other electronic means for aggression inside or outside of school.

SCR 1 (Resolution Encouraging School Boards to Adopt Policy Prohibiting Bullying) (2006) urges school districts to develop a program to identify and assist victims of bullying, harassment and intimidation, and educate those committing the acts. 

Fighting/Gangs: The Health Education Core - Secondary (2009) and Health Education Core - Elementary (1997) requires students in grades 2, 4, and 7-12 be taught the causes of conflict and conflict resolution/management skills. Students in grades 3 and 6-8 are also to be taught abuse prevention strategies, how to identify abuse, and how to manage abusive situations. R277-436 (1999) recommends gang prevention instruction by establishing rules and procedures for distributing funds for gang prevention and intervention programs.

Suicide and Other Self-Abuse Prevention: The Health Education Core - Secondary (2009) sets standards for students in grades 7-12 to be taught the impact of suicide, the importance of prevention, how to identify the warning signs, and ways to help self and others when dealing with suicide.

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Staff
Requirements for All Educators Regarding Health Education
     Last Updated: 10/3/2010

Professional Development: R277-483 (2003) requires corrective action plans for persistently dangerous schools to include training about harassment and bullying for school personnel. Codes 53A-1a-107 (2003) and 53A-13-109 (2004) allow local school boards and administrators to provide training as needed in the imparting of civic and character education.

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Requirements for Health Educators
     Last Updated: 1/7/2009

Pre-service Requirement: The minimum requirement for prospective health teachers in elementary grades prior to licensure is a bachelor's degree, with no additional coursework in health. For prospective teachers in middle or high school, a candidate is require to have a major or state endorsement in health education, in addition to a bachelor's degree. The specific details of licensure are outlined in R277-504 (2004).

In addition, R277-474 (2001) requires each newly hired or newly assigned Utah educator with responsibility for any aspect of human sexuality instruction to attend the state-sponsored training that outlines the curriculum for human sexuality and the criteria for human sexuality instruction in any courses offered in the public education system.

Professional Development: R277-474 requires each school district to provide professional development at least once during every three years of employment for Utah educators teaching human sexuality, funded by the state.

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Requirements for Physical Educators
     Last Updated: 1/7/2009

Pre-service Requirement: The minimum requirement for prospective physical education teachers in elementary grades prior to licensure is a bachelor's degree, with no additional coursework in health. For prospective teachers in middle or high school, a candidate is require to have a major or state endorsement in physical education, in addition to a bachelor's degree. The specific details of licensure are outlined in R277-504 (2004).

Professional Development: None specified.

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Requirements for School Nurses
     Last Updated: 2/8/2012

Pre-service Requirement: The state does not have a policy requiring districts to employ nurses in the schools. Code 53A-11-204 (2002), however, states that public schools would be better protected against health and safety risks if a registered nurse were readily available. For licensure as a registered nurse, Code 58-31b-302(3) (2005) requires the completion of an approved practical nursing education program or an equivalent as determined by the licensing board, the possession of a high school diploma or its equivalent, and the passing of the board approved examinations.

Professional Development: No state policy.

Student-to-Nurse Ratio: Code 53A-11-204 encourages school districts to provide one registered nurse for every 5,000 students.

Requirements for Non-Certified Personnel to Administer Medication
     Last Updated: 2/8/2012

Pre-service Requirement: Code 53A-11-601 (1988) requires local boards to have adopted policies on the designation of school employees who may administer medication and the training of designated employees for those schools who do provide for the administration of medication.

Professional Development: None specified.

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Requirements for School Counselors
     Last Updated: 6/25/2008

Pre-service Requirement: The minimum requirements for a school counselor provisional certificate are formal admittance into a Board approved counselor education program, completion of all the requirements of a Board of approved counselor education program, completion of a practicum of experiences, and recommended for a level 1 certificate. Details of the requirements are found in R277-506.3 (1996).

Professional Development: None specified.

Student-to-Counselor Ratio: None specified.

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Requirements for School Psychologists
     Last Updated: 6/29/2008

Pre-service Requirement: The minimum requirements for a basic certificate as a school psychologist are the completion of an approved master's degree consisting of at least 60 semester hours in school psychology, demonstration of competence in the given areas, completion of a one-year internship, and received approval by an institution. Details of the requirements are found in R277-506.4 (1996).

Professional Development: None specified.

Student-to-Psychologist Ratio: None specified.

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Requirements for School Social Workers
     Last Updated: 2/8/2012

Pre-service Requirement: The minimum requirements for a basic certificate as a school social worker are the completion of an approved master's degree, demonstration of competence in the given areas, completion of an internship in a school setting, and received approval by an institution. Details of the requirements are found in R277-506.5 (1996).

Professional Development: None specified.

Student-to-Social Worker Ratio: None specified.

Requirements for Food Service Personnel
     Last Updated: 7/14/2008

Pre-service Requirement: None specified.

Professional Development: None specified.

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Requirements for Athletic Coaches
     Last Updated: 10/3/2010

Pre-service Requirement: As a condition for employment as a head coach or assistant coach, candidates must submit a criminal background check, shall have completed a Board-approved Athletic Coaching Training which includes basic first aid and CPR training. Details are provided in R277-517-3 (2004).

Professional Development: State Board of Education Policy R277-613-1 requires all employees or volunteer coaches participating in a public school sponsored athletic program, both curricular and extracurricular, or extracurricular club or activity, to participate in bullying and hazing prevention training. A refresher training is also required at least once every three years.

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Health Promoting Environment
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Wellness Policies
     Last Updated: 7/23/2008

Additional Accountability Requirements: None

Additional Content Requirements: None

Guidance Materials: None

Other: The Utah legislature passed a resolution urging schools, school districts, health care providers, community-based organizations, businesses, and families work with the Legislature to establish comprehensive wellness policies to help prevent and reduce the prevalence of overweight children and adolescents."

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School Meals Program
     Last Updated: 2/15/2010

Food Services: In R277-720 (2004) the Board administers the National School Lunch Program, School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program, Child and Adult Care Food Program, Summer Food Service Program for Children, Food Distribution Program, Nutrition Education and Training Program, and At Risk After School Snack Program.

Adequate Time to Eat: The State Board of Education recommends that schools provide adequate time to eat to students (no link available).

School Breakfast: No state policy.

Food Allergies: No state policy.

Farm-to-School: No state policy.

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Competitive Foods in School
     Last Updated: 9/24/2014

State Board of Education Rule R277-719-3 (2008) requires each school district and charter school to develop and implement a policy for schools that chose to provide vending machines. The policy must include (1) a requirement that all agreements for vending machines be in writing in a contract form approved by the local board of education or charter school governing board, (2) accepts uses of vending machine income, and (3) generally accepted accounting procedures.

State Board of Education Rule R277-719-4 (2008) requires each school district and charter school to adopt a written policy for the sale of all foods that are not part of the reimbursable lunch, breakfast or after-school snack programs (i.e., vending, a la carte or other food sales). The policy applies to all foods sold anywhere on school grounds during the school day when school is in session in all areas of the school accessible to students. The policy may prohibit the sale of foods of minimal nutritional value and limit all foods to no more than 300 calories per unit. In addition, it may prohibit food based on the following criteria:

  • More than 35% total fat (not including nuts, seeds, non-fat and low-fat dairy)
  • More than 10% of total calories come from saturated fat (not including nuts, seeds, non-fat and low-fat dairy);
  • Presence of trans fats
  • Listing caffeine" as an ingredient
  • More than 35% of the product is sugar by weight (not including 100% fruit or vegetable juice with no added sugars, fruits, vegetables, nonfat or low-fat milk or yogurt
  • Sodium content greater than 200mg per portion (not including 100% fruit or vegetable juice; fruits; vegetables, nonfat or low-fat milk, yogurt or cheese).
  • Limit beverage size to no more than 20 ounces.

 

Fundraising Exemptions:

According to UT R277-719-5 (2014), schools may allow three exempted fundraisers per site, per year, which can last no more than five days.  CTE programs may request additional days.

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Physical Activity Other Than Physical Education
     Last Updated: 12/22/2010

General Physical Activity Requirement: No state policy.

Recess or Physical Activity Breaks: No state policy requiring or recommending recess..

Recess Before Lunch: No state policy.

Walking/Biking to School: No state policy.

Organized Sports
     Last Updated: 6/8/2011

Interscolastic Athletics: No state policy.

Concussion and Sports-Related Head Injury: Code 26-53-102 (2011) requires each amateur sports organization (definition includes public and private schools) to adopt and enforce a concussion and head injury policy that describes the nature and risk of a concussion or traumatic head injury and risk of continuing to participate in a sporting event after sustaining such an injury. The policy must ensure that each athlete of the organization is familiar with and has a copy of the policy and has a signed written copy from the parent or legal guardian of the athlete. Each agent (i.e., coach) of the school must immediately remove a child from participating in a sporting event if the child is suspected of sustaining a concussion or a traumatic head injury. The athlete may not participate in a school-related sporting event until they are evaluated by a qualified health care provider trained in the evaluation and management of a concussion.  The provider must give a written statement stating that they have, within the past 3 years, successfully completed a continuing education course in the evaluation and management of a concussion, and clear the child to resume participation in the sporting event.

Safe and Drug-Free Schools
     Last Updated: 4/26/2010

R277-609 (2006) requires that each school district and charter school develop and implement "a board approved comprehensive district plan for school discipline." The plan must include: (1) goals, objectives (emphasizing the teaching of self-discipline, citizenship and social skills), (2) an evaluation process, (3) an ongoing staff development program related to self-discipline, good citizenship and social skills, (4) policies and procedures related to the use and abuse of alcohol and controlled substances, and (5) policies to define, prohibit, and intervene in bullying, including the requirement of awareness and intervention strategies and training for social skills, for students and school staff.

R277-483 (2003) allows a student attending a persistently dangerous school, or who has been a victim of a violent criminal offense on school grounds, to attend a safe public school within the school district. Schools designated as persistently dangerous must develop a corrective action plan that includes improving communication among schools, parents, and local law enforcement.

Fighting/Gangs: Section 53A-15-603 (2010) requires the state board to adopt rules requiring local boards and charter school governing boards to adopt gang prevention and intervention policies. Authorizes the state board rules to include provisions related to (1) school staff reporting of suspected gang activities; (2) exclusion of gang members from participation in extracurricular activities; (3) response to gang-related graffiti or damage to school property; (4) parental notification of serious gang-related incidents on school property (5) training of school personnel to recognize early warning signs for youth in trouble and help students resist serious involvement in undesirable activity, including joining gangs or mimicking gang behavior; (6) prohibitions of specified behavior, including wearing of gang apparel or flashing of gang signs. The statute authorizes the state board to require local boards or charter school governing boards to publicize the policies to all students, parents and faculty through school Web sites, handbooks and other reasonable means of communication.

R277-436 (1999) establishes rules and procedures for distributing funds for gang prevention and intervention programs.

Weapons: Code 53A-11-904 states that a student will be suspended or expelled from a public school for possession, control or actual or threatened use of a real weapon or look alike, explosive, or noxious or flammable material.

Code 53A-13-106 (1998) allows districts to permit volunteers or teachers to provide firearm safety education classes for students to develop knowledge habits, skills, and attitudes necessary for safe handling of firearm and to help students avoid firearm injuries.

Drugs and Alcohol: Code 53A-11-904 states that a student will be suspended or expelled from a public school for both the possession, control, or use of an alcoholic beverage and the sale, control, or distribution of a drug or controlled substance, an imitation controlled substance, or drug paraphernalia.

Collaboration with Law Enforcement: R277-483 requires schools designated as persistently dangerous to develop a corrective action plan that includes improving communication among schools, parents, and local law enforcement.

Bullying, Harassment and Hazing
     Last Updated: 4/28/2012

Code 53A-11a-102 (2008) defines bullying in the school environment as intentionally knowing or committing an act that endangers the physical health or safety of a school employee or student, involves brutality of a physical nature, consumption of any food, liquor, drug or other substance, involves phycial activity that endangers the physical health and safety of a school employee or student's freedom to move, or physically osbstructs a school employee or student's freedom to move. A "bullying" act is done for the purpose of placing a school employee or act in fear of physical harm or harm to their property, Code 53A-11a-201 prohibits bullying or hazing by a school employee or student on school property, a school related or sponsored event, a school bus, at a school bus stop, while the school employee or student is to or from a location or event described above. Code 53A-11a-301 (2008) requires each school board to adopt a bullying or hazing policy. The requirements of the policy are outlined in the statute. Code 53A-11a-301 (2008) requires the State Board of Education to develop a model policy on bullying, hazing and retaliation.

State Board of Education Policy R277-613-1 (2009) defines bullying as intentionally or knowingly committing an act that is done for the purpose of placing a school employee or student in fear of physical harm to the school employee or student or harm to property of the school employee or student. Acts of bullying may include (a) endangerment to the physical health or safety of a school employee or student, (b) any brutality of a physical nature  (c) placing of a harmful substance on the body, or exposure to the elements to a school employee or student, (d) forced or unwilling consumption of any food, liquor, drug, or other substance by a school employee or student, (e) any forced or coerced act or activity of a sexual nature or with sexual connotations such as asking prospective or active team members to remove articles of clothing or expose or touch private areas of the body, (f) other physical activity that endangers the physical health and safety of a school employee or student; or (g) physically obstructing a school employee's or student's freedom to move.

State Board of Education Policy R277-613-1 (2009) requires each school district to implement a policy prohibiting bullying and hazing consistent with Code 53A-11a-301 (2008). It also requires policies to provide for an assessment of the prevalence of bullying in school districts, schools and charter schools, specifically locations where students are unsafe and additional adult supervision may be required, such as playgrounds, hallways and lunch areas.

R277-609 (2008) requires student assessments of the prevalence of bullying in schools to be conducted both at the district and the school and charter level. The policy also extends the requirements for anti-bullying awareness and intervention skills to include custodians, kitchen and lunchroom workers, and secretaries. 

SCR 1 (Resolution Encouraging School Boards to Adopt Policy Prohibiting Bullying) (2006) urges school districts to develop a program to identify and assist victims of bullying, harassment and intimidation, and educate those committing the acts. 

State Board of Education Policy R277-613-1 (2009) requires any student, employee or volunteer participating in a public school sponsored athletic program, both curricular and extracurricular club or activity, to participate in bullying and hazing prevention training. Refresher training is also required of all students and employees at least once every three years.

Code53A-11-904 (2003) allows the suspension of a student for behavior or threatened behavior that poses an immediate threat to the welfare, safety, or morals of other students or personnel.

Cyberbullying: State Board of Education Policy R277-613-1 (2009) defines cyberbullying as "the use of email, instant messaging, chat rooms, pagers, cell phones or other forms of information technology to deliberately harass, threaten, or intimidate someone for the purpose of placing a school employee or student in fear of  physical harm to the school employee or student or harm to property of the school employee or student. State Board of Education Policy R277-613-1 (2009) requires each school district to implement a policy prohibiting bullying and hazing consistent with Code 53A-11a-301 (2008).

Hazing:  Code 53A-11a-102 (2008) defines hazing in the school environment.  Code 53A-11a-201 prohibits hazing by a school employee or student on school property, a school related or sponsored event, a school bus, at a school bus stop, while the school employee or student is to or from a location or event described above. Code 53A-11a-301 (2008) requires each school board to adopt a bullying or hazing policy. The requirements of the policy are outlined in the statute. Code 53A-11-908 requires local boards of education, and recommends the State Board, adopt rules prohibiting hazing.  

State Board of Education Policy R277-613-1 defines hazing as "intentionally or knowingly committing an act that is done for the purpose of initiation or admission into, affiliation with, holding office in, or as a condition for membership or acceptance, or continued membership or acceptance, in any school or sposored team, organization, program or event." Acts of hazing are outlined in the policy.  State Board of Education Policy R277-613-1 (2009) requires each school district to implement a policy prohibiting bullying and hazing consistent with Code 53A-11a-301 (2008).

 
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Crisis Management/Emergency Response
     Last Updated: 2/8/2012

Response and Management Plans: R277-400 (2000) establishes general criteria for both Emergency Preparedness and Emergency Response plans required of schools and districts in the event of natural disasters or school violence emergencies".

Reporting Incidents of Violence: Code 53A-11-908 (1997) requires school employees to report when criminal violations, such as physical violence and hazing, to the principal, who then must report the incident and actions taken to the district superintendent within 10 working days.

Tobacco Use
     Last Updated: 4/26/2010

Code 26-38-2 (2007) prohibits smoking in public or private elementary and secondary school buildings and educational facilities and the property on which those faciities are located.

HB88 (2010) provides the state board of education may, and local boards and charter schools must adopt rules prohibiting the use, possession or distribution of electronic cigarettes on school property or during school-sponsored activities.

R277-605 (2002) requires coaches and other school leaders to refrain from using tobacco during school-sponsored activities.

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Air Quality
     Last Updated: 2/18/2006

No state policy.

Pesticide Use
     Last Updated: 2/18/2006

No state policy.

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Playground/Facility Safety
     Last Updated: 2/18/2006

No state policy.

Shared Use Agreements
     Last Updated: 6/20/2013

Code 53A-2-206.5 (2012) requires local school boards to determine the instructional station capacity for various school facilities including physical education facilities and those jointly financed by the school district and another community agency for joint use. Code 53A-3-413 (2008) designates all public school buildings and grounds as civic centers that may be used by district residents for supervised recreational activities. Code 53A-3-414 (2008) requires local school boards to control such use and authorizes them to charge a reasonable fee for the use, and allows them to refuse the use of school property as a civic center if they determines the use inadvisable. 

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Screening for Health Conditions
     Last Updated: 7/1/2010

Vision and Hearing: Code 53A-11-201 (1996) also requires each local school board to implement rules as prescribed by the Department of Health for vision, dental, abnormal spinal curvature, and hearing examinations of students attending the district's schools. Code 53A-11-203 (2010) requires children entering school under the age of seven to have a vision screening. Each school district may conduct free vision screening clinics for children aged 3 1/2 to 7. The statute also authorizes districts to provide free vision screening for children ages 8 and older, establishes guidelines for administering a free vision screening programs, and establish penalties for a violation of certain provisions related to free vision screenings.

Chronic Health Conditions: No state policy.

Body Mass Index (BMI) Screening: No state policy.

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Administration of Medications
     Last Updated: 10/3/2010

Staff Administration: Code 53A-11-601 (1988) allows local school boards to adopt policies designating employees who may administer medication, identify and store medication, train designated employees to administer medication, and maintain records of the administration of medication. Medications may only be administered to a student if: the student's parent has submitted a written request and the student's physician has provided a signed statement. The code further protects school personnel from any civil or criminal liability.

Staff Administration of Anaphylaxis Medication: Code 26-41-104 (2008) requires each primary or secondary school make an emergency epinephrine auto-injector available to any teacher or other school employee who is qualified to administer it. It also requires each school to make initial and annual refresher training regarding the storage and emergency use of an epinephrine auto-injector available to any teacher or other school employee who volunteers to become a qualified adult. Requirements of the training are outlined in the Code. Code 26-41-103 (2008) prohibits a school, school board, or school official from prohibiting or dissuading a teacher or other school employee from completing a training program and/or posessing or storing an epinephrine auto-injector on school property if the requirements outlined in the Code are fulfilled. Those who received training according to Code 26-41-104 (2008) may immediately administer an epipen auto-injector for persons exhibiting symptoms of anaphylaxis at school or a school activity if a school physician is not present according to Code 26-41-105 (2008). State Code 26-41-106 (2008) deems the person who received training under Code 26-41-104 not liable in any civil or criminal action provided that the act was done in good faith under the authority of this code.

R277-611 (2003) prohibits school personnel from requiring a student take or continue to take a specific medication as a condition for attending school or from recommending a single specific health care professional or provider.

Self-Administration of Asthma Medication: Code 53A-11-602 (2004) requires a public school to permit a student to possess and self-administer inhaled asthma medication in school provided that a signed parental statement authorizing the student to self-administer and acknowledging the student's responsibility is given, and a written statement by the student's health care provider prescribing the medical appropriateness for self-administration and the name of the medication authorized for the student's use is also given.

Self-Administration of Anaphylaxis Medication: Code 26-41-104 (2008) requires public schools to permit a student to possess an epinephrine auto-injector or possess and self-administer an epinephrine auto-injector if the student's parent or guardian signs a statement authorizing possession and self-administration of an epinephrine auto-injector, acknowledges that the student is responsible for and capable of possessing and self-administering an auto-injector, and the student's health care provider provides a statement in support of the student posessing and self-administering an epinephrine auto-injector.

Psychotropic Medications: Although not addressing administration of psychogropic medications, Code 53A-11-605 (2007) prohibits school personnel from recommending to a parent or guardian that a child take or continue to take a psychotropic medication as a condition for attending school.

Storage and Record-keeping: Codes 26-41-104 and 53A-11-601 allow local boards to adopt policies for safe-keeping of medications and the maintenance of records of administration.

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Counseling and Mental Health Services
     Last Updated: 9/4/2008

Requirement to Provide Services: R277-462 (2004) establishes standards and procedures for schools to apply funds for comprehensive guidance programs including guidance curriculum, responsive services, and educational and occupational planning.

Identification of Students with Mental or Emotional Disorders: No state policy.

Substance Abuse: No state policy.

Suicide Prevention: No state policy.

HIV, STD, and Pregnancy Testing and Counseling: Code 76-7-322 (1995) prohibits teachers from providing voluntary HIV, STD, or pregnancy counseling to students. In addition, Code 53A-13-101 (2004) details a number of limitations on HIV, STD, and pregnancy prevention education in Utah schools. While the code references prevention education, it refers to spontaneous questions raised by students. At no time may instruction be provided, including responses to spontaneous questions raised by students, regarding any means or methods that facilitate or encourage the violation of any state or federal criminal law by a minor or an adult. In addition, instruction is prohibited in the intricacies of intercourse, sexual stimulation, or erotic behavior; the advocacy of homosexuality; the advocacy or encouragement of the use of contraceptive methods or devices; or the advocacy of sexual activity outside of marriage.

Immunity of Liability: No state policy.

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Immunization
     Last Updated: 5/18/2011

Detailed, current information about immunization requirements by state is maintained by the National Network for Immunization Information.  Select your state from the drop down box under Search for State Vaccine Requirements for School Entry."

Exemptions: Code 53A-11-302 (1992) allows for medical exemption from immunization requirements with certification from a licensed physician stating that due to the physical condition of the student one or more specified immunizations would endanger the student's life or health.  Code 53A-11-302 (1992) and 53A-11-302.5 (1992) allows for personal belief exemption. In order to qualify for the exemption, a statement must be submitted indicating that a person has a personal belief opposed to immunizations or that they are a bona fide member of a specified, recognized religious organization whose teachings are contrary to immunization. The statement must be signed by one of the student's parents, guardian, a legal age sister or brother of a student who has no parent or guardian, or a student, if of legal age.

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Accommodation
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Staff with HIV
     Last Updated: 2/8/2012

No state policy.

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Students with HIV
     Last Updated: 2/8/2012

No state policy.

Pregnant or Parenting Students
     Last Updated: 2/18/2006

No state policy.

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Individual Health Plan for Students
     Last Updated: 2/18/2006

No state policy.

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Coordination/ Implementation
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Coordinating or Advisory Councils
     Last Updated: 9/4/2008

State-level: No state policy.

Local-level: The state recommends in Code 53A-11-204 (2002) that school districts, local health departments, private medical providers, and parents work together to develop a plan to address the health needs of students and minimize the risks to students.

R277-474 (2001) requires schools to form curriculum review committees at the district or school level to review materials for sexuality instruction.

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School Health Program Coordinators
     Last Updated: 8/18/2008

State-level: No state policy.

Local-level: No state policy.

Confidentiality
     Last Updated: 8/21/2008

Student Health-Related Records: No state policy.

Student Health-Related Services: No state policy.

Limitations on Student Surveys
     Last Updated: 2/8/2012

Code 53A-13-302 (1999) requires district policies to prohibit, "the administration of any survey, analysis, or evaluation without the prior written consent of the student's parent or legal guardian, in which the purpose or evident intended effect is to cause the student to reveal information, whether the information is personally identifiable or not."

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