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La Canada USD |  AR  6142.2  Instruction

AIDS Prevention Instruction   

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In every grade level HIV/AIDS prevention 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 grades 7-8 and at least once in grades 9-12, HIV/AIDS prevention instruction shall be provided by trained instructors in appropriate courses and shall include:

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

2. Information how the human immunodeficiency virus is and is not transmitted, including information 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 HIV/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 HIV/AIDS.

5. Information on local resources for HIV/AIDS testing, personal counseling and medical care.

6. Development of personal responsibility and 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 HIV/AIDS, including stereotypes and myths regarding persons with HIV/AIDS.

This instruction shall emphasize compassion for persons with HIV/AIDS.

HIV 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.

HIV/AIDS instruction may not be conducted in a manner that advocates drug use, a particular sexual practice, or sexual activities. AIDS prevention instruction shall be consistent with Education Code 51553. (Education Code 51201.5)

(cf. 6142.1 - Family Life/Sex Education)

At the beginning of the school year, parents/guardians of students in grades 7-12 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.

If a student enrolls in school after the beginning of the year, the parent/guardian shall receive the notice described above upon the student's enrollment. (Education Code 51201.5)

No student shall attend AIDS prevention instruction if a written request that he/she not attend has been received by the school. (Education Code 48980, 51201.5, 51550, 51555)

The Superintendent or designee shall keep on file Education Code 51201.5 and 51553. (Education Code 51201.5)

At the beginning of the school year, or at the time of a student's enrollment, the Superintendent or designee shall notify parents/ guardians of any outside organization or guest speaker brought into the district to provide instruction in family life, human sexuality, AIDS or sexually transmitted diseases. This notification shall include the date of the instruction, the name of the organization or affiliation of each guest speaker and information regarding the parent/guardian's right to request a copy of Education Code 51201.5 and 51553. (Education Code 51554)

If arrangements for this instruction are made after the beginning of the school year, the parents/guardians shall be notified no fewer than 10, and no more than 15, days before the instruction is delivered. (Education Code 51554)

This notification is required whether the guest speakers are brought in by the district to lecture, distribute information, show a videotape, act out, conduct an activity involving student participation or provide audio material in either a classroom or assembly. (Education Code 51554)

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.


Approved: July 15, 2003 La Canada Flintridge, California