NSSD 6-8 Health Curriculum
The parent feedback received in the adoption process identified that parents wanted to be informed about when sensitive topics are taught, and the process for opting-out. As part of our process, the District has kept these concerns at the forefront of our planning.
The sensitive topics and standards include Child Sexual Abuse Prevention, Human Sexuality Education, and Healthy Teen Relationships. During training in August, all 6th-8th-grade Health/PE teachers participated in a process to make recommendations on how to address the sensitive topics identified by parents, teachers, and curriculum authors. The District has elected to delay all instruction of sensitive material until the second semester.
Sensitive Topics are found in the four units outlined below:
6th Grade - Health During the Life Cycle
7th Grade - Healthy Relationships and Sexuality
8th Grade - Building Healthy Relationships & Preventing Diseases
Some parents may elect to opt-out of their children from some lessons within that unit of instruction. Before January, a more detailed communication will be sent to parents regarding the content of these units and the process for opting-out.