Utah’s Core Standards for Health Education are admittingly out of date with current law, research and policy. The Utah State Board of Education is asking for its residents to engage in helping in the direction we can send our students by updating the core standards. You can learn more about the current core standards here. We encourage you to contact the Utah State Board of Education and ask for more impacting focus on reducing risk factors and enhancing protective factors for substance use and prevention, violence and also suicide. The inclusion of health in a student’s education positively contributes to their ability to learn, focus and achieve health and wellness throughout their lives. We believe parents and residents of Utah can make an outstanding impact on the new core standards. The public notice for comments is now closed but you are still able to contact your board member and place your suggestions, concerns or questions through email. Find your district’s board member here.
The Utah State Board of Education is also looking for support from Utah residents on the impact of the Student Health and Risk Prevention (SHARP) Survey. This survey has played an integral role in gathering information on risk and protective factors within four areas of a child’s life – community, family, school and peer domains. The questions are also related to alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, other drug use and mental health. The SHARP Survey has played a critical component in prevention planning in substance use and suicide. We on the HEART team as well as other state and county agencies have benefited from the knowledge the SHARP Survey has provided. If you would like to have the SHARP Survey continue, please contact your district’s board member here and encourage them to continue the implementation of the SHARP Survey in Utah schools.
Learn more about other Legislative Updates through Utah Coalition for Opioid Overdose Prevention (UCO-OP) here.