New Mexico

Public Education Department Policy

All science classes that include dissection activities as part of the curriculum must provide virtual dissection techniques as alternative activities for any student who is opposed to real dissections for ethical, moral, cultural, or religious reasons. Alternative techniques shall approximate the experience of real dissection activities as closely and appropriately as possible. A virtual dissection technique means carrying out dissection activities using computer 2-D or 3-D simulations, videotape or videodisk simulations, take-apart anatomical models, photographs, or anatomical atlases. NM Public Education Department Policy (2005).