Sexual Health Education

  • HIV/AIDS Prevention Curriculum- Parent Curriculum Review Night

    Washington State law requires that every student receives HIV/AIDs prevention education in grades 5 through 12.  Because this unit covers sensitive topics, Washington State law and SBLSD board policy require that parents are provided the opportunity to preview these lessons.

    The Sumner-Bonney Lake School District (SBLSD) is hosting a curriculum night for families to preview the HIV/AIDS prevention curriculum for students currently enrolled in 8th grade Skills for Life or 9th grade Health classes. Additionally, there will be another opportunity in the spring for families of 6th-12th graders who will study this Health-related content during 2nd semester.

    Parent Review Night
    December 9, 2021 4:30-6:00 p.m.
    Sumner-Bonney Lake School District Administration Building, Board Room

    Curriculum will be available for preview.  This is an opportunity for parents and guardians to understand the health content for grades 8 and 9, preview teaching materials and ask questions about the resources used in the classroom.

    Parents wishing to exclude their child from the HIV/AIDS curriculum required by our state must preview this curriculum and sign an exclusion form.

    Parents of students in other grades will have the opportunity to preview curriculum in March 2022.


    No changes to SBLSD’s Sexual Health Education curriculum

    November 6, 2020

    On Nov. 3, voters passed Referendum 90, which requires public schools in Washington state to provide sexual health education to all students. What does this mean for students in the Sumner-Bonney Lake School District? There will be no changes to our current curriculum. 

    The new law (Senate Bill 5395) requires the teaching of age-appropriate comprehensive sexual health education to students in grades 6-12 beginning in the 2021-2022 school year, and in grades 4 or 5 beginning in the 2022-23 school year. Students in grades K-3 are required to be taught social emotional learning skills such as managing emotions, establishing relationships, setting goals, and making responsible decisions. There is no sexual health content required in K-3.

    In our District, the sexual health education currently offered to students in grades 4-12 meets the requirements for the new law. This means we will not be making changes to our current curriculum.  

    Families will continue to be encouraged and are invited to review our curriculum at any of our family review events, or by special appointment. After viewing the curriculum, families have the ability to opt their child out of any or all lessons. 


    No changes to SBLSD’s Sexual Health Education curriculum

    June 4, 2020

    The recent passage of Washington state Senate Bill 5395 regarding comprehensive sexual health education generated questions in our community about what would happen with the current sexual health curriculum in the Sumner-Bonney Lake School District. The short answer: there will be no changes to our current curriculum.

    The new law requires the teaching of age-appropriate comprehensive sexual health education to students in grades 6-12 beginning in the 2021-2022 school year and in grades 4 or 5 beginning in the 2022-23 school year. Students in grades K-3 are required to be taught social emotional learning skills such as managing emotions, establishing relationships, setting goals, and making responsible decisions. There is no sexual health content required in K-3.

    In our District, the sexual health education currently offered to students in grades 4-12 meets the requirements for the new law. This means we will not be making changes to our current  curriculum.  Families will continue to be encouraged and invited to review our curriculum at any of our family review events, or by special appointment. After viewing the curriculum, families have the ability to opt their child out of any or all lessons. Look for curriculum review dates in our newsletters and on our website. 

    FAQs

    What is comprehensive sexual health education?

    Comprehensive sexual health education is defined in the bill as instruction about human development and reproduction that takes place over time, is age-appropriate, and inclusive of all students.

    Where did the graphic illustrations come from that I saw on social media?

    Several social media posts inserted illustrations from a book intended for parents into a lesson plan for 4th graders. The book was one of several optional books on a handout for parents and guardians wishing to continue talking with their child about puberty and reproduction, and not part of a lesson, curriculum, or instruction.

    What is required in grades K-3?

    No sexual health content is required for students in grades K-3. Schools must provide social emotional emotional learning (SEL) which provides skills to do things like cope with feelings, how to have respectful communication, develop healthy friendships, respecting personal space, set goals, and get along with others. No sexuality content or curriculum will be required.

    What is required in grades 4-5?

    Schools must provide sexual health education at least one time in grades 4 and 5. The SBLSD provides a basic introduction of puberty in both grades. Age-appropriate lessons teaching assertiveness skills, dealing with peer pressure, and saying no in different situations such as in horseplay or bullying meet the requirements of affirmative consent and bystander training. Students will continue to receive lessons on SEL.

    What is required in grades 6-8?

    Schools must provide sexual health education at least two times in grades 6-8. The SBLSD already provides sexual health education (human growth and development) in grade 6. All students take the course Skills for Life in grade 8 which also includes a unit on human growth and development (puberty). Other topics include understanding and respecting personal boundaries, developing healthy friendships and dating relationships, and how to choose healthy behaviors.  Students continue receiving SEL lessons through middle school. No changes in current practice are needed to meet requirements of ESB 5395.

    What is required in grades 9-12?

    Schools must provide sexual health education at least two times in grades 9-12. These lessons can be two units in one class or in two separate years. All students in the SBLSD take a required Health class for graduation in 9th grade which meets the new requirements of ESB 5395. Students continue to build on knowledge from grade 8 with the addition of learning how to reduce health risks and understanding the influence of family and society on healthy relationships.

    Is sexual health education integrated in other content areas?

    The bill does not require that comprehensive sexual health education, or components of this education, be integrated into curriculum, materials, or instruction in unrelated subject areas or courses.

    Are HIV/STD prevention lessons required?

    The AIDS Omnibus Act was passed in 1988 and requires HIV/AIDS prevention instruction for all students in Washington annually, through grade 12, beginning no later than grade 5. Lessons are age-appropriate and address the life-threatening dangers of HIV/AIDS, its transmission, and its prevention. Consistent with the law, curriculum, instruction, and materials used at the upper grades must include information about abstinence and other methods of preventing unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. Abstinence may not be taught to the exclusion of other materials on contraceptives and disease prevention. Parents can opt their child out of any or all lessons after reviewing the curriculum and signing a consent form.

    Are schools required to teach about gender and/or sexual identity?

    Sexual identity standards are included as a strand in the Washington State Learning Standards for Health. Districts are not required to teach these standards.