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Chapter 192 of the 2022 Acts of Assembly added subsection D to § 22.1-206 of the Code of Virginia and requires that “[i]nstruction concerning gambling and the addictive potential thereof shall be provided by the public schools as prescribed by the Board of Education ["Board”].” The goals of the proposed Guidelines for Instruction on Problem Gambling and the Addictive Potential Thereof (“Guidelines”) are to prevent potential addiction and to avoid tragic outcomes that may occur for individuals who begin gambling young, and for educators to proactively engage in preventative measures that can support children towards choosing options other than gambling by extending prevention education efforts aimed at alcohol, tobacco, drug use and antisocial behaviors to youth gambling by encouraging school-based life skills training and providing actionable recommendations for optimizing health literacy, empowering teachers, encouraging collaborative supports, and implementing evidence-based culturally responsive instructional resources aligned with the Health Education Standards of Learning. Moreover, the proposed Guidelines recognize the central role of the teacher and parents and were developed in consultation with educators, behavioral health professionals, and other subject matter experts.
New Guidelines for Instruction on Problem Gambling and the Addictive Potential Thereof
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State Board of Education