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Chapter 5.7. Prevention Of Brain And Spinal Cord Injuries   

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(a) The California Healthy Kids Resource Center, in consultation with the State Department of Education, shall review, acquire, and circulate curricula focused on the prevention of brain and spinal cord injuries for use, on a voluntary basis, by school districts maintaining kindergarten and any of grades 1 to 12, inclusive.

(b) The curricula shall contain, at a minimum, age-appropriate components concerning all of the following:

(1) Critical thinking related to learned behavioral patterns, including, but not limited to, strategies and behavioral patterns for avoiding common risk factors or situations.

(2) Acceptance of individual responsibility for avoiding or controlling the risk of injury in activities of daily life, and awareness of the possible consequences of injury, especially the effects of serious brain or spinal cord injuries.

(3) Recognition, avoidance, and management of high-risk situations, such as the following:

(A) Use of automobiles or motorcycles as either a driver or passenger.

(B) Consumption of intoxicating or consciousness-altering substances.

(C) Participation in recreational activities that involve risk of significant physical injury. These activities include skiing, skydiving, hunting, mountain climbing, skateboarding, equestrian events, and other physically challenging pursuits or sports.

(D) Presence as a spectator at events or a witness in circumstances where there is potential for physical injury.

(c) The California Healthy Kids Resource Center shall notify school districts regarding the availability of the curricula.

(d) The review, acquisition, and circulation of curricula pursuant to this section shall be contingent upon the California Healthy Kids Resource Center receiving funds to review, acquire, and circulate the brain and spinal cord injury prevention curricula. All funds necessary to implement this chapter shall be provided by nonstate sources.

(Added by Stats. 2002, Ch. 755, Sec. 2.)