HIV / AIDS Curriculum will begin June 3rd

posted May 31, 2013, 8:52 AM by Sylwia Jasinski

Dear Parent or Guardian:

 Your child’s health is important to us. In New York City public schools, health education classes include skills and lessons on violence and injury prevention; emotional and mental health; nutrition and physical activity; tobacco, alcohol and other drugs; family health and sexuality; HIV/AIDS; and personal and consumer health.  

The New York State Department of Education (NYSED) requires a one-semester, comprehensive health education course in both middle and high school. I believe our school system has an important role to play with regard to educating our children about sex and the potential consequences of engaging in risky behavior. That is why we require that health education classes in middle and high school include lessons about sexual health that are ppropriate for your child’s age. This is in addition to the annual state mandated HIV/AIDS lessons in grades K-12.  Statistics show that we have students who are having sex before the age of 13; students who have had multiple sexual partners; and students who aren’t protecting themselves against sexually transmitted diseases and HIV/AIDS. Sexual health education lessons are important because we have a responsibility to provide our students with accurate information and communication skills to help them make decisions that can keep them healthy and safe.

We understand that our students and their families have a range of beliefs, cultures and customs. As a parent/guardian, you have the right to keep your child out of some lessons about birth control and methods of HIV/STD prevention. You cannot remove your child from abstinence or other sexual health education lessons. If you have questions about which lessons you may opt your child out of, please speak with the principal, parent coordinator, or health education teacher at your child’s school.

 If you would like your child to be excused from birth control and HIV/STD prevention lessons, you must write a letter to your child’s principal. The letter should state that:

Your child should not be in the classroom during lessons about birth control and methods of HIV/STD prevention; and You will provide instruction on prevention to your child in your home. As in all areas, parents and guardians are a child’s first and most influential teachers. Parents, guardians and schools share a common goal: we want students of all ages to be healthy in all aspects of their lives. When it comes to talking with students about sex, our shared goal is to delay sexual activity in school-age youth.

We encourage you to ask your child what he or she is learning in health education class and to make sure your child knows what you believe are the best ways to lead a healthy life. Conversations you have with your child about sexual health will place the information they are receiving in health class in the context of family values. Again, if you have any questions about health education, please reach out to your child’s principal and teachers to discuss these questions.

Sincerely,

Loretta Witek

Principal

Middle and high schools will send each parent/guardian a notification letter  prior to his or her child receiving sexual health lessons as part of comprehensive health education. Parents who have questions about what their child will be learning in school should talk to their principal



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Sylwia Jasinski,
May 31, 2013, 10:45 AM
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May 31, 2013, 10:48 AM
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Sylwia Jasinski,
May 31, 2013, 10:51 AM
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Sylwia Jasinski,
May 31, 2013, 10:58 AM
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May 31, 2013, 11:01 AM
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