I am once again sending out our local school board policy to remind you that we will be covering human growth and development and human sexuality. Students will take part in a comprehensive program that emphasizes abstinence but does also cover disease prevention for sexually transmitted infections. If you have any questions please contact me.
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LOCAL SCHOOL BOARD POLICY AND IOWA CODE
Health Education Code No. 603.5
Students in grade levels one through twelve will receive, as part of their health education, instruction about personal health; food and nutrition; environmental health; safety and survival skills; consumer health; family life; human growth and development; substance abuse and non-use, including the effects of alcohol, tobacco, drugs and poisons on the human body; human sexuality; self-esteem; stress management; interpersonal relationships; emotional and social health; health resources; prevention and control of disease; and communicable diseases, including acquired immune deficiency syndrome. The purpose of the health education program is to help each student protect, improve and maintain physical, emotional and social well-being.
The areas stated above are included in health education and the instruction is adapted at each grade level to aid understanding by the students.
Parents who object to health education instruction in human growth and development may file a written request that the student be excused from the instruction. The written request will include a proposed alternate activity or study acceptable to the superintendent. The superintendent will have the final authority to determine the alternate activity or study.
Legal Reference: Iowa Code 256.11; 279.8; 280.3-.14 (2011). 281 I.A.C. 12.5