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Escondido Union HSD  |  AR  6142.2  Instruction

AIDS Prevention Instruction   

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In every grade level at which HIV/AIDS prevention instruction is presented, this instruction shall be appropriate to the age of the students. Sufficient classroom time shall be provided to allow students to ask questions and discuss issues raised by the information presented.

At least once in high school, AIDS prevention instruction shall be provided by trained instructors in appropriate courses and shall include:

1. Information on the nature of AIDS and its effects on the human body.

2. Information on how the human immunodeficiency virus is and is not transmitted, including information on activities that present the highest risk of HIV infection.

3. Discussion of methods to reduce the risk of HIV infection, including:

a. Emphasis that sexual abstinence and abstinence from intravenous drug use are the most effective means for AIDS prevention.

b. Statistics based upon the latest medical information citing the failure and success rates of condoms and other contraceptives in preventing sexually transmitted HIV infection.

c. Information on other methods that may reduce the risk of HIV transmission from intravenous drug use.

4. Discussion of the public health issues associated with AIDS.

5. Information on local resources for HIV testing and medical care.

6. Development of refusal skills to assist students to overcome peer pressure and use effective decision making skills to avoid high-risk activities.

7. Discussion about societal views on AIDS, including stereotypes and myths regarding persons with AIDS. This instruction shall emphasize compassion for persons with AIDS. (Education Code 51201.5)

HIV/AIDS prevention instruction shall accurately reflect the latest information and recommendations from the U.S. Surgeon General, federal Centers for Disease Control, and the National Academy of Sciences. (Education Code 51201.5)

At the beginning of the school year, parents/guardians of students in grades 9-12 shall receive written notice explaining the purpose of HIV/AIDS prevention instruction and specifying that the parent/guardian may request that his/her child not receive this instruction. (Education Code 51201.5)

The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that instructional materials related to HIV infection and AIDS prevention are available and appropriate for use with students of various ages and learning abilities, and that these materials may be used effectively with students who have special needs and those from a variety of ethnic, cultural and linguistic backgrounds. (Education Code 51201.5)


approved: March 15, 1994 Escondido, California