Sex education is an integral 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 diseases will be covered during a social studies class in December. 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. 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 sexual education 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 sex education curriculum will be penalized. We will provide an alternative assignment for those students.
In addition to the sex education curriculum taught only to Grade 10 students, all students, (Grades 9-12) will receive one class period on the importance of developing healthy relationships as well.
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 look forward to working with you to ensure that your child has a positive and educationally enriching experience this school year. If you have any questions about sex education, or any other matter concerning your child's education, please call me.