NSSD 6-8 Health Curriculum
In the Spring of 2018, the North Santiam School District (NSSD) completed a process to adopt new Health Educational materials to respond to the revised Health Education Standards by the Oregon Department of Education (ODE). Due to the sensitivity of new Health Standards, the District has completed a process with staff and parent involvement to ensure Health instruction in NSSD is developmentally appropriate and is clearly communicated.
In grades 6-8 the sensitive topics and standards identified have been delayed for instruction during the second semester. Due to the complexity of schedules in our 6-8 buildings across the District, each building will be communicating directly with parents regarding when the following units and lessons will be instructed. The following is a description of the units and lesson titles to assist parents in identifying any potential areas of concern they may elect to opt their child from. The District has developed a website with additional resources for parents to review as well.
Unit: Building Healthy Relationships
Chapter 1, Lesson 2 - Family Relationships
Chapter 2, Lesson 1-3 - Dating Relationships and Abstinence
Unit Mental and Emotional Health
Chapter 2, Lesson 2 - Suicide Prevention
Chapter 2, Lesson 3 - Help for Mental & Emotional Disorders
Unit Conflict Resolution and Violence Prevention
Chapter 2, Lesson 3 - Abuse
Chapter 2, Lesson 4 - Preventing and Coping with Abuse
Unit The Life Cycle
Chapter 1, Lesson 1 Changes During Puberty
Chapter 1, Lesson 2 The Male Reproductive System
Chapter 1, Lesson 3 The Female Reproductive System
Unit Communicable Diseases
Chapter 1, Lesson 4: Sexually Transmitted Diseases
Chapter 1, Lesson 5 - HIV/AIDS
Healthy Relationships and Sexuality (entire unit)
Parents have the right to opt their child out from receiving this instruction. The District strongly encourages parents to preview the materials prior to opting out of instruction so that they may make the most informed decision possible. A page has been dedicated on the District website where parents can become informed on the process used in NSSD, what’s being covered and the opt out process. Please visit the District website at nsantiam.k12.or.us and go to Departments > Curriculum & Instruction > Health Instruction or use this link: http://bit.ly/NSSDhealth
If you are interested in viewing the curriculum, you may make an appointment by contacting the Instructional Support and Services Team (ISST) at 503-769-1582. We are happy to answer any questions that you have and have all materials available for review.