•  Anthony's Letterhead  
    May 2024
     
    Dear Parents and Guardians,
    Healthy relationships and reproductive health is part of the Occupational Health/Physical Education program for Grade 10 students. Topics such as dating; relationships and communication skills; pregnancy; birth control; and prevention of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections will be covered during class in term 3. The instructional materials we use for the class have been compiled in conjunction with our staff from the School-Based Health Center of Milford Hospital here at BVT. If you would like to review these materials at the school, you are welcome to do so. Please call me to arrange a convenient time. 

    During the class, students will be able to ask questions which will be answered factually and in an age-appropriate manner. Each student's privacy will be respected, and no one will be put on the spot to ask or answer questions or reveal personal information. Material will be presented in a balanced, factual way that makes clear that people may have strong religious and moral beliefs which must be respected. 

    Under Massachusetts law and School Committee policy, you may exempt your child from any portion of the curriculum that primarily involves reproductive health or teenage sexuality issues. To receive an exemption for your child, simply print and send in this Health Education Opt-Out Form. No student who is exempt from portions of the reproductive health curriculum will be penalized. We will provide an alternative assignment for those students. For planning purposes, please return the signed opt-out form on or before Monday, May 13, 2024. 

    In addition to the reproductive health curriculum, students will also receive instruction on the importance of developing healthy relationships.

    The overall goal is to continue efforts begun in earlier grades to promote the health and well-being of our students, and to help them make wise and informed decisions during their teenage years and beyond.

    We will continue to work with you to ensure that your child has a positive and educationally enriching experience for the remainder of this school year. If you have any questions about reproductive health education, or any other matter concerning your child's education, please call me.
     
    Sincerely,
      
     Anthony Signature
     
     
     
    Anthony E. Steele II
    Assistant Superintendent-Director/Principal