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La Canada USD |  BP  6142.2  Instruction

AIDS Prevention Instruction   

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The Governing Board recognizes that Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) pose a public health crisis. Education of the public is society's most effective method for slowing the spread of this disease.

Because our students, in the course of their daily lives, may come into contact with people who have HIV/AIDS, the district's health education program shall include instruction about AIDS and how HIV is transmitted. Students must be told what voluntary behaviors result in infection before the age when they may adopt behaviors which put then at risk of contracting this virus. They also must be motivated to prevent infection by making informed decisions based on understanding and strong personal values.

No student shall attend AIDS prevention instruction if his/her parent/guardian request in writing that he/she not attend.

An age-appropriate K-12 HIV/AIDS prevention curriculum shall be offered, The district shall provide HIV/AIDS prevention instruction at least once in grades 7-8 and at least once in grades 9-12, as required by law.

The Superintendent or designee shall ensure that staff members who present HIV/AIDS prevention instruction are adequately trained and have periodic inservice opportunities to remain current with new prevention education techniques and new developments in the scientific understanding of HIV/AIDS.

Parents/guardians and community members shall have input into the selection and/or development of instructional materials to be used in HIV/AIDS prevention instruction. The curriculum shall be updated regularly.

At the beginning of the school year, the Superintendent or designee shall provide the parent/guardian of each student with written notice, pursuant to law and administrative regulation, explaining the purpose of the AIDS prevention instruction. This notice shall specify that a parent/guardian may request that his/her child not receive instruction in AIDS prevention. (Education Code 48980, 51201.5)

The Superintendent or designee shall provide parents/guardians an opportunity to examine all instructional materials related to HIV/AIDS instruction before they are used with the students and shall inform them of their right to inspect these materials.

A student shall not be subject to disciplinary action, academic penalty or other sanction if the student's parent/guardian declines to permit the student to receive AIDS prevention instruction, and the student does not receive the instruction. (Education Code 51201, 51554, 51555)

An alternative educational activity shall be made available to students whose parents/guardians have requested that they not receive AIDS prevention instruction. The alternative educational activity shall occur while the AIDS prevention instruction is being delivered. (Education Code 51201.5, 51554, 51555)

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

48980 Notice at beginning of term

51201.5 AIDS prevention instruction

51202 Instruction in personal and public health and safety

51203 Instruction on alcohol, narcotics and restricted dangerous drugs

51229.8 Inservice training for providers of AIDS prevention instruction

51240 Excuse from health instruction and family life and sex education due to religious beliefs

51550 Sex education courses

51553 Sex education classes: course criteria

51554 Parent notification; sex education courses

51555 Parent notification in grades K-6; sex education courses

51820 Venereal disease instruction

Management Resources:

CDE PUBLICATIONS

Health Framework for California Public Schools, 1994

CSBA PUBLICATIONS

Saving Lives: AIDS Issues for California Schools, 1994

WEB SITES

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

NSBA AIDS Education and School Health Program: http://www.nsba.org/ services/federation/hivweb.html

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Adolescent and School Health: http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dash/

Policy LA CANADA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

adopted: July 15, 2003 La Canada Flintridge, California