May 27, 2008 to June 23, 2008
Resource Center Lobby
16250 NE 74th Street, Redmond Town Center
Lake Washington School District seeks public input on Sex Education materials to be adopted for use in the 2008-2009 school year. The HIV/AIDS and Sex Education Committee was convened this spring to revise the district curriculum to align with a new state law, the Healthy Youth Act. This law directs school districts to ensure their HIV/AIDS and Sex Education lessons are medically and scientifically accurate. The committee consisted of school nurses, a district administrator, and teachers representing elementary, junior and senior high schools.
The committee reviewed the top three programs approved by the state as meeting sex education guidelines under the new law for both grades four through six and grades seven and eight. It reviewed four of the top six programs approved by the state for grades nine through 12. All materials selected meet the state’s requirements.
The materials under consideration for Sex Education include: The Children’s Health Market, The Great Body Shop, for grades four through six and Public Health Seattle King County, Family Life and Sexual Health (F.L.A.S.H.), for grades eight and 11 for schools without a Health class and Holt, “Sexuality and Responsibility,” for schools with a Health class. For HIV/AIDS lessons, the materials are from The Great Body Shop for grades five and six. For grade seven through 12, the materials include F.L.A.S.H.
Materials can be viewed in the lobby at the Resource Center, 16250 NE 74th St., in Redmond Town Center, from May 27 to June 23. The building opens daily at 7:30 a.m. Citizens can provide input on the curriculum using a feedback form that is available at the display in the Resource Center Lobby. For more information, see the Web links below.
Resources and Web Links:
Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)
Healthy Youth Act (HYA), ESSB 5297
“Guidelines for Sexual Health Information and Disease Prevention”(OSPI, DOH 2005)
OSPI “Sex Education Curriculum Review” (April 2008)
Family Life and Sexual Health (F.L.A.S.H.) curriculum
The Great Body Shop curriculum