Students in grades 9-12 should also learn about the physical, emotional and psychological risks involved with sexual activity. § 49-6-1007 (2008) requires public school instruction to include character education to “help each student develop positive values and improve student conduct.” The department of education is required to provide the appropriate method of instruction for grades K-12, and LEAs may implement additional courses as they see fit. Mandate: Code §49-6-1008 (1989) states that the adoption of any AIDS education program shall be permissive and shall not be required until adopted by the LEA.This law further requires that “all material which includes information pertaining to the prevention of acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) or other sexually transmitted diseases …shall place primary emphasis on abstinence from premarital intimacy and on the avoidance of drug abuse in controlling the spread of AIDS.” In accordance with Code § 49-6-1301 (1989), “if the most recent, annual data maintained by the department of health, state center for health statistics, indicate that pregnancy rates in any county exceeded nineteen point five (19.5) pregnancies per one thousand (1,000) females aged fifteen (15) through seventeen (17), then every LEA within such county shall locally devise, adopt and implement a program of family life instruction in conformance with the curriculum guidelines established for such programs by the state board of education.” Curriculum Content: Code §49-6-1302 requires the state board of education to develop a complete family life instruction suitable for any local education agency which fails to devise, adopt and implement a local program pursuant to Code § 49-6-1301.

Students learn the consequences of bullying and harassment in grades 3-5 and techniques for handling overt and subtle bullying and harassment in grades 9-12.

Fighting/Gangs: Lifetime Wellness: Grades: 9 – 12 (2007) requires students identify positive ways of resolving interpersonal conflict by practicing non-abusive behavior.

Mandate: The Rules of the State Board of Education, Minimum Requirements for the Approval of Public Schools 0520-1-3-.06 (2010) requires students in grades K-8 to complete physical education annually, and students in grades 9-12 to complete 1 unit of wellness that includes health and physical fitness.

0520-1-3-.05 (2010) states that pupils who have physical disabilities shall have the physical education and lifetime wellness program modified based on the annual written recommendation of a physician.

Tennessee State Board of Education, HIV/AIDS Policy for Employees and Students of Tennessee Public Schools 5.300 (2005) states that HIV prevention education is to promote healthful living and discourage the behaviors that put people at risk.

Parental Approval: Code § 49-6-1303 (1999) allows parents to request, in writing to the school’s principal, director of schools and board of education, that a student be exempt from family life instruction (an “opt-out” policy).

The curriculum should include instruction to increase students' awareness and understanding of teen dating violence and sexual violence, including, but not limited to, date, acquaintance, and stranger rape and statutory rape, rape prevention strategies, resources and support available to victims of teen dating violence and sexual violence, and prosecution of crimes associated with teen dating and sexual violence.

Bullying/Harassment: Standard 9 of the Tennessee Model for Comprehensive School Counseling (2005) addresses acquiring personal safety skills.

Mandate: The Rules of the State Board of Education, Minimum Requirements for the Approval of Public Schools 0520-1-3-.06 (2010) requires students in grades K-8 to receive health education annually, and students in grades 9-12 to complete 1 unit of wellness that includes health and physical fitness.

Graduation requirements include 1.5 credits of physical education and wellness.

A learning laboratory for nutrition and health education classes is provided to help students develop the skills of selecting nutritionally appropriate foods according to Standards and Guidelines for Tennessee’s Coordinated School Health Program 4.204.