3000 - Educational Program

3540 School Health Education

The Pender County Board of Education is committed to a sound, comprehensive school health education program that provides students with accurate information and encourages them to be responsible for their own health and behavior. The Board recognizes the primary role of parents/guardians in providing for the health and well-being of their children and seeks to involve parents/guardians in the schools as provided in this policy. The comprehensive school health education program provided by the school district will meet all requirements of the Basic Education Program (BEP), N.C. Gen. Stat. § 115C-81(el) and aligned state-adopted standards. The Board may, in its discretion, expand on the subject areas to be included in the program and on the instructional objectives to be met.

A. COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH EDUCATION PROGRAM

The Board’s comprehensive school health education program will encompass all major aspects of healthful living for students from kindergarten through ninth grade. As required by law, the health education program must include age-appropriate instruction on bicycle safety, nutrition, dental health, environmental health, family living, consumer health, disease control, growth and development, first aid and emergency care, mental and emotional health, drug and alcohol abuse prevention, the prevention of sexually transmitted diseases (“STD’s”), including HIV/AIDS and other communicable diseases, and reproductive health and safety education.

As required by law and beginning in seventh grade, reproductive health and safety education will include age-appropriate instruction on sexual abstinence until marriage, STDs, the human reproductive system, effective contraceptive methods for preventing pregnancy and awareness of sexual assault and sexual abuse.

B. PARENTAL OPPORTUNITIES TO REVIEW MATERIALS AND WITHHOLD CONSENT FOR STUDENT PARTICIPATION

Each year before students participate in reproductive health and safety education or in other separate instruction on the prevention of STDs, including HIV/AIDS, or the avoidance of out-of-wedlock pregnancy, the principal or designee shall notify parents of the opportunity to review the materials and objectives that will be used in the instruction. A copy of all program objectives and materials will be available for review in the main office at each school where the program will be taught, prior to their use with students.

 

SCHOOL HEALTH EDUCATION Policy Code: 3540


The principal or designee shall also notify parents of the right to withhold or withdraw consent for their child’s participation in all reproductive health and safety education instruction or in specific topics such as STDs, the effectiveness and safety of contraceptive methods, and awareness of sexual assault and sexual abuse. Parents may also withhold consent to student participation in other separate instruction on the prevention of STDs, including HIV/AIDS, or the avoidance of out-of-wedlock pregnancy. Any parent/guardian wishing to withhold consent must do so in writing to the principal, on an annual basis.

C. STANDARDS FOR INSTRUCTION

A determination of what is an appropriate education for a student with disabilities must be made in accordance with the student’s individualized education plan, following all procedures as provided in the North Carolina Policies Governing Services for Children with Disabilities.

Contraceptives shall not be made available or distributed on school property. Further, the Pender County Board of Education and its employees shall not provide information to students about where to obtain contraceptives or abortion referral services, unless consent is given by the parent/guardian in person.

 

Legal References:
G.S. 115C art. 9; 115C-36, -81(el); State Board of Education Policies GCS-D-000, GCS-F-007; Policies Governing Services for Children with Disabilities
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Adopted:
Monday, 03 November 1997
Last Updated:
Monday, 09 August 2010