SECTION 1. Section 3 of Chapter 71 is hereby amended by striking the first sentence and inserting in place the following:- “Physical and mental health education shall be taught as required subjects in all grades for all students in the public schools for the purpose of promoting the physical and mental well-being of such students. Mental health education programs shall recognize multiple dimensions of health by including mental health, and the relationship of physical health and mental health, so as to enhance student understanding, attitudes and behaviors that promote health, well-being and human dignity.”
SECTION 2. Section 1 of Chapter 76 is hereby amended by striking the last sentence, in the first paragraph, and inserting in place the following:- “For the purposes of this section, school committees shall approve a private school when satisfied that the instruction in all the studies required by law equals in thoroughness and efficiency, and in the progress made therein, that in the public schools in the same town, in addition to the incorporation of a mental health education program into the curriculum in accordance with the provisions in section three of chapter seventy-one; but shall not withhold such approval on account of religious teaching, and, in order to protect children from the hazards of traffic and promote their safety, cities and towns may appropriate money for conveying pupils to and from any schools approved under this section.”
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