Announcements

SEXUAL EDUCATION   Begins March 31, 2014
 

   

Meridian Middle School Health-Fitness Department

 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

 

            As part of the Health curriculum, we will be covering two potentially sensitive units.  One unit covers HIV/AIDS prevention education and the other unit covers human growth and sexuality.

 

The State of Washington requires HIV/AIDS education each year in Grades 5-12.  This lesson is designed to meet the Health Essential Academic Learning Requirements (EALRs) as established by the State of Washington.  This unit is intended to supplement, not replace what is being taught at home.  We encourage communication between parents and students.  Since this can be a sensitive topic, if you or your child are not comfortable, your child may be excused from class and an alternate assignment will be required to be completed during that class time.  However, please note that state law requires that parents preview the HIV/AIDS curriculum resources prior to excusing their child from class.  Contact 253-373-7264 to schedule an appointment if you have not already previewed the materials and signed a KSD opt-out form during Octobers’ Parent Preview Night.  After previewing the materials, you may sign an opt-out form excusing your child from the HIV-AIDS prevention education lessons or elect to keep your child in class.

 

In the Human Growth and Sexuality unit we will cover areas including developing healthy relationships, and improving communication skills.   Information will also be provided about sexually transmitted diseases and birth control with a strong emphasis on abstinence.  This unit is also intended to supplement, not replace what is being taught at home. We encourage communication between parents and students. If you have questions about this unit, please contact me at 253-373-6529

 

            If you are going to keep your child in class during these valuable lessons there is no need to return this form.

 

 If you are going to excuse your child you must check your preference below, sign, and return by _________________________. If you have any questions, please feel free to give me a call.

 

Thank you,

 

 

Mr. Judd        

 

 

_____ Excused from HIV/AIDS lessons only, with alternate lesson (State law requires parents to preview HIV/AIDS information and to sign a release form.  Contact 253-373-7264 to preview materials.)  Student remains in class for Human Growth and Sexual Education Unit.

 

_____ Excused from Human Growth and Sexual Education Unit only.  Student remains in class for HIV-AIDS prevention education lessons.

 

____­_ Excused from both units. (State law requires parents to preview HIV/AIDS information.)

 

If you wish to have your student enrolled in the sexual education unit you don't need to return this form.  You can find the form in the document section.

Thanks, Mike Judd