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Antelope Valley Union HSD |  BP  6142.1  Instruction

Family Life/Sex Education   

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The Board of Trustees believes that a wholesome, well-planned sequence of instruction about family life and human sexuality is essential to the general education of all students. Lack of information or pervasive misinformation can cause low self-esteem, increased risk for sexually transmitted disease, unintended pregnancy or sterility, and school dropout. Schools must be willing to help students understand the biological, psychological, social, moral, and ethical aspects of human sexuality.

The district family life/sex education program shall encourage students to be abstinent and to conceptualize sexual behavior in the ethical and moral context of marriage. The program shall be age-appropriate and shall address a full range of topics, including parenting and birth control, and shall emphasize that abstinence from sex is the only totally effective protection against unwanted pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, and sexually transmitted AIDS. All courses that discuss sexual intercourse shall satisfy the criteria established by law. (Education Code 51551)

Advisory Committee/Coordinator

A Board-appointed Healthful Living Advisory Committee representing a divergence of viewpoints shall participate in planning, implementing, and evaluating the district's family life/sex education program. The program shall be placed in a course that is required for all students. Available sex education materials and curriculum components shall be identified and collected for review and evaluation by district staff and Committee members. Whether adopting an existing program, adapting one or several available programs, or developing a unique district curriculum, the Director of Curriculum and Instruction shall verify that all materials are consistent with related district policy.

(cf. 1220 - Advisory Committees)

(cf. 5145.1 - Privacy)

The Board shall approve the Healthful Living Advisory Committee's recommendations prior to implementation.

Parent/Guardian Notification And Involvement

Parents/guardians shall be notified in writing before students are offered any instruction in which human reproductive organs and their functions, processes, or diseases are described, illustrated, or discussed. This notification shall inform parents/guardians that they may request in writing that their child not attend the class. No student shall attend such instruction if the school receives this request. (Education Code 51550, 51820) At the parent/guardian's request, any student may be excused from any part of Family Life/Sex Education instruction. (Education Code 51240)

(cf. 6144 - Controversial Issues)

All materials used for the above instruction shall be available for inspection by parents/guardians at reasonable times and places prior to the onset of instruction. The above notification shall inform parents/guardians of their right to inspect these materials. (Education Code 51550, 51820)

(cf. 1312.2 - Complaints Concerning Instructional Material)

The notification specified above shall be either mailed to all parents/guardians or sent home with all students at the beginning of each school year. If notice is sent home with the students, parents/guardian shall be asked to sign and return to the school a slip indicating that they have read the notification. If slips are not returned parental approval shall be confirmed by telephone.

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

48980 Notice at beginning of term

51202 Instruction in personal and public health and safety

51930-51939 Comprehensive Sexual Health and HIV/AIDS Prevention Education Act

HEALTH AND SAFETY CODE

1255.7 Parents surrendering physical custody of a baby

PENAL CODE

243.4 Sexual battery

261.5 Unlawful sexual intercourse

271.5 Parents voluntarily surrendering custody of a baby

UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 20

1232h Protection of Student Rights

7906 Sex education

Management Resources:

CDE PUBLICATIONS

Health Framework for California Public Schools, 2003

CSBA PUBLICATIONS

Saving Lives: AIDS Issues for California Schools, 1994

WEB SITES

CDE: http://www.cde.ca.gov

California Department of Health Services: http://www.dhs.ca.gov

California Department of Social Services: http://www.dss.cahwnet.gov

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: http://www.cdc.gov

California Healthy Kids Resource Center: http://www.hkresources.org

California Safe Schools Coalition: http://www.casafeschools.org

Policy ANTELOPE VALLEY UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT

adopted: November 13, 1990 Lancaster, California

revised: June 7, 2000