Update on Sexual Health, Human Growth & Development Curriculum Process

CVSD Families:

We are communicating an update on the sexual health, human growth and development curriculum process that we will be starting in September, focused on 6th-12th grades for 2022-23. We will review any necessary changes to 4-5th grades in the following 2023-24 school year. It is important to note that sexual health has not, nor will be, taught in K-3rd grades in CVSD.

Based on our expectation to have a broad-based committee look at all of the various aspects of this curriculum, we believe we will be able to identify and offer the best sexual health, human growth and development curriculum possible to serve our students’ needs. In order to accomplish this, we will utilize the same process that we use for identifying all other curricula in our district, whether math, English language arts, science, or sexual health. Just like the rest of these curricula, any time that our parents or community have questions, we welcome a call to our Learning and Teaching Department.

There will be many opportunities for you to interface with this work and offer feedback.

Washington State Senate Bill 5395 went into effect on December 3, 2020. This new law requires all public schools to provide sexual health education by the 2022–23 school year. Instruction must be consistent with Health Education Learning Standards, which provide a framework for instruction and the provisions of the law. 

The implementation of the sexual health education in CVSD has been on pause until now, so that we can engage our parent community in a more effective way than what we could during the pandemic. Therefore, teaching of sexual health, human growth and development and HIV/AIDS Education in Central Valley School District has been suspended since the spring of 2021, where at that time, we taught the previous district-adopted curriculum that was in place prior to Senate Bill 5395 going into effect. 

The purpose of this update is bring clarity of the process to review the new standards, review instructional materials and where parents can become involved. Below are some key facts and important dates related to sexual health curriculum process. 

NOTE: the new requirements require CVSD to make some moderate adjustments to what was previously taught in the district-adopted curriculum, prior the passage of Senate Bill 5395. 

Sexual health has not, nor will be, taught in K-3rd grades in CVSD.

Sexual health education must be provided to students as required, no less than:

  • Once to students in grades 4th and 5th per required standard.
  • Twice to students in grade 6th-8th per required standard.
  • Twice to students in grade 9th-12th per required standard.

Identified lessons will be scheduled and communicated with families so they always have an “opt out” option, upon request:

  • Parents and guardians have the right to opt their child out of any or all instruction in sexual health education.
  • Schools must honor the parent or guardian’s request to opt their child out.
  • Schools must notify parents and guardians when their child’s school will be providing sexual health education instruction and make instructional materials available to parents and guardians for review.
  • CVSD will provide viable opportunities for those students that are “opted out” of these lessons.

Interested in serving on the curriculum committee?  Sign Up Here

KEY DATES:

August 2022

Invitation to serve on the Sexual Health Curriculum Committee – Application Due September 2, 2022

September 2022

  • Sexual Health Curriculum Committee Selected
  • Committee begins reviewing curricular materials
  • Parent Information Night – More details on the date, time and location will be forthcoming

December 2022

Parent Preview Window

January 2023

Present to Instructional Materials Committee (IMC)

January 9, 2023

School Board Update/Presentation/Work Session

January 2023

Tentative Recommendation for approval by CVSD School Board

February. 2023

Communication to families with timeline of implementation, preview window and “opt out” options

 

Questions? Call 509-558-5433 or email tnootenboo[email protected]