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It is essential that a universal comprehensive sexual health curriculum that follows the National Sexuality Education Standards be in place in order to make certain every student receives the same quality information necessary to support their education and live a healthy life. Broward County Public Schools respects the rights of parents and their role in presenting information in this delicate and sensitive area. According to Florida State Statute 1003.42, Section 3: “Any student whose parent makes written request to the school principal shall be exempted from the teaching of reproductive health or any disease, including HIV/AIDS, its symptoms, development and treatment. A student so exempted may not be penalized by reason of that exemption.”
- National Sexuality Education Standards
- School Board Policy 5012 Treatment of Students and Employees With Communicable Diseases and Conditions
- Policy 6000.1: Pupil Progression Plan
- Broward County Public Schools Family Life and Human Sexuality Policy 5315 (Adopted May 2014) The School Board of Broward County, Florida is committed to protecting the health of all of its students by providing comprehensive sexual health education that promotes healthy attitudes concerning growth and development, body image, gender and sexuality, dating, relationships and family. The School Board believes comprehensive sexual health education provides our youth with the information, skills and support they need to develop positive values and make healthy decisions. It is essential that a universal comprehensive sexual health curriculum that follows The National Sexuality Education Standards be in place in order to make certain every student receives the same quality information necessary to support their education and live a healthy life. This policy is intended to ensure The School Board of Broward County, herein referred To as SBBC, offers students comprehensive sexual health education. This policy reflects SBBC’s commitment to provide all students from kindergarten through twelfth grade with sexual health education. It is designed to ensure every school has staff that has been trained and is supported in their school’s effort to provide students with sexual health education that is comprehensive, age and developmentally appropriate, medically accurate and evidence-informed. In accordance with SBBC policy 4001.1, this Policy supports an “environment free of discrimination and harassment based upon age, race, color, disability, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, national Origin, sex or sexual orientation.”
AIDSVu.org: is an interactive online map illustrating the prevalence of HIV in the United States. Also, provides many resources and connects people to local agencies to get HIV testing.
FREE Prevention Resources: a list of materials and curriculum divided into the four strands of prevention.
HealthTeacher.com: interactive products are used by teachers, parents, and kids to address important youth health issues, including physical activity, nutrition, and social and emotional well-being.
Broward County Public Schools Diversity, Prevention & Intervention Department prides itself in partnering with parents, in a mutual effort, to keep our students safe so they may achieve academic success. Family Life and Human Sexuality can be a very sensitive topic. Statistics show that about one in four sexually active teenagers contract a sexually transmitted disease each year. The goal of our department is to educate and empower students through accurate and effective prevention strategies to combat this epidemic. The Diversity, Prevention & Intervention Department recognizes that its efforts cannot succeed without the involvement of parents; therefore, we aim to encourage, educate, support and provide parents with the necessary resources to address the issues of sexuality. Not only can family life and human sexuality be a sensitive topic for some families, but discussions around HIV can also be tough for parents, guardians, and caregivers to discuss with their children. However it is imperative that all families have these discussions. Help keep your kids safe. It’s never too early or too late to engage them in conversations about ways to stay healthy. To learn more about our curriculum and to find out how to discuss sensitive topics, please check out our Curriculum and Parent Tool Kit
Being a teenager is complicated enough today. Add to that, a world with information that may be confusing or inaccurate and is instantly available, makes getting the right answers to your questions challenging.
Talking about HIV/AIDS with adults can make you even more uncomfortable. That is why we have created this area specifically for our youth, as a place to come to where you can get honest, accurate and informative answers to questions that you may feel uneasy asking an adult.
You should never be afraid to discuss HIV/AIDS or STIs, or seek out the resources you need to better prepare yourself for living in a world with or preventing the spread of STIs. Take our quiz and test your knowledge on HIV/AIDS prevention.
Use the Youth Health Resources Guide to access more sources of information and assistance.