Sexual Health Education

  • HIV/AIDS Prevention Curriculum

    April 19, 2021

    The Sumner-Bonney Lake School District (SBLSD) is offering an opportunity for families to preview the HIV/AIDS prevention curriculum for students currently enrolled in 6th and 7th grade, for students enrolled 2nd semester in 8th grade Skills for Life and 9th grade Health classes, and applicable 10th through 12th grade classes.

    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/families are provided the opportunity to preview these lessons.

    This is an opportunity for parents and guardians to understand the health content for grades 6 through 12 by previewing the teaching materials used in the classroom.

    Grades 6-7: HIV/AIDS

    Grade 8: Skills for Life - HIV/AIDS

    Grade 9: Health Content 

    Grades 10-12: HIV/AIDS

    Family Preview for Health Curriculum Spring 2021

    May 3, 2021 - May 31, 2021

    If you wish to preview the curriculum, please send a request to dawn_palumbo@sumnersd.org. Please include the student's name, school and grade level.  A copy of the curriculum will be emailed to you in pdf format for review along with the exclusion form.

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


    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.