POLICY 103.5 SEXUAL HEALTH EDUCATION
In order to help students make decisions that promote healthy behaviors, the Department of Education shall provide sexual health education to include age appropriate, medically accurate, health education that: (1) Includes education on abstinence, contraception, and methods of infection prevention to prevent unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted infection, including human immunodeficiency virus; (2) Helps students develop relationships and communication skills to form healthy relationships that are based on mutual respect and affection and are free from violence, coercion and intimidation; (3) Helps students develop skills in critical thinking, problem solving, decision making and stress management to make healthy decisions about sexuality and relationships; (4) Encourages student to communicate with their parents, guardians and/or other trusted adults about sexuality; and (5) Informs students of available community resources. Instruction will emphasize that abstention from sexual intercourse is the surest way to prevent unintended pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections such as HIV/AIDS, and consequent emotional distress.
A description of the curriculum utilized by the school shall be made available to parents and shall be posted on the school’s website prior to the start of any instruction. A student shall be excused from sexual health instruction only upon the prior written request of the student’s parent or legal guardian. A student may not be subject to disciplinary action, academic penalty or other sanction if the student’s parent or legal guardian makes such written request.
Approved: 9/95 Amended: 6/15
This new policy is consistent with the Hawaii Revised Statutes (HRS) 321-11.1 and replaces the Hawaii State Board of Education Policy 2110.
Mililani Middle Grade 6 will be implementing the HealthTeacher.com Curriculum.
HealthTeacher.com was developed by HealthTeacher, Inc. HealthTeacher is an online resource of health education tools including lessons, interactive presentations and additional resources to integrate health into any grade K-12 classroom. HealthTeacher, Inc. provides students in grades K-12 with the knowledge and skills needed to overcome two serious threats to good health: a lack of physical activity and a void of health literacy. HealthTeacher, Inc.’s research-based games, apps, and educational resources are designed to engage students and to provide data to measure and quantify their impact. HealthTeacher, Inc.’s K-5 products also work in tandem with two important sets of education standards: the National Health Education Standards (NHES) and the Common Core State Standards, which have been adopted by 45 states.
The approved curriculum is aligned with the Hawaii Content and Performance Standards III and have been reviewed using the National Sexuality Education Standards, The Center for the Disease Control's (CDC) Health Education Curriculum Analysis Tool (HE-CAT), and the CDC's Characteristics of an Effective Health Education Curriculum.
Schools are required to provide comprehensive sexual health education that follow the requirements set forth in the the Hawaii Revised Statues (HRS 321:11.1, Hawaii State Board of Education (BOE) Policy 103.5, and aligns with state health education standards.
Parents or legal guardians of Grade 6 students were provided the curriculum prior to the start date in Quarter 4. If you have any questions, please call us at 808-627-9000.