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AP 211

Health (Human Sexuality)

Background 


The purpose of this procedure is to provide guidelines with respect to the teaching of the physical and health education curriculum, specifically the components related to human sexuality. 

Procedures 


1. Instruction related to health and sexuality must first and foremost comply with the Ministry of Education curriculum standards and include content on individual identities, including sexual identity, gender, values, and beliefs. 

2. In the area of human sexuality instruction, options for healthy sexual decision making, including the benefits of abstinence, will be taught. 

3. When human sexuality is discussed in any school district context, be that of the Health portion of the Physical and Health Education (K to 7 and 8 and 9) or any other curricular areas, the instruction and resources will be age-appropriate. 

4. Teachers who are asked questions about sensitive issues related to the curriculum will take into account the age of the students when deciding on the amount of detail to be given in the response. 

5. Teachers must respect the privacy of students and will refrain from asking intrusive and personal questions about them or their family. 

6. When discussing contraceptives in relation to STDs/STIs and pregnancy, students must be informed about the associated health risks and failure rates. 

7. Student instruction in these areas will follow the Abbotsford School Board approved resources and curriculum. These resources are available at each school or through the START Resources Centre. Training is available to teachers instructing the curriculum within this procedure. 

8. The health curriculum must be open to review by parents and the community. Students should also be encouraged to have open communication with their parents. 

9. All outside speakers (on or off school-site) must be approved by the principal. Speakers must be made aware of and follow District procedures. Outside speakers will never be left alone with student(s); the teacher is responsible for the student(s) and must always be present. School-wide speakers must be approved by the Superintendent. 

10. Teachers should use their professional judgment to decide if it is appropriate for students to be separated by grade and/or by gender for instruction. 

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